Body, vehicle recovered from Trinity River in Romayor

Liberty County Pct. 5 Justice of the Peace Wade Brown stands alongside a representative of Pace-Stancil Funeral Home as a vehicle and body are pulled from the Trinity River at Romayor. Pictured next to them is Game Warden Lauren Iles and in the background is Liberty County Sheriff's Detective Steve Rasberry and Deputy Chance Maddox.

Texas EquuSearch volunteers and the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office had the grim task of recovering a vehicle and body from the Trinity River south of the FM 787 bridge in Romayor on Sunday. The body is believed to be 48-year-old Jennifer Ann Scott-Perkins of Houston.

Scott-Perkins disappeared on Jan. 2 not long after she left a friend’s house in Shepherd. The last known location of the missing woman was FM 787 in Romayor and is based on where her cell phone pinged on radio towers before falling silent.

Chains are attached to the tires of a Chrysler 200 vehicle as it sits on the bank of the Trinity River on Sunday. The vehicle was lifted from the bank by a heavy-duty wrecker using a two-point harness. The vehicle is draped with a white sheet because the body of a woman was found in the backseat of the vehicle.

The vehicle, a gray Chrysler 200, was located by sonar during a search on Jan. 27, but at the time the Trinity River was high from flooding rains, so the search was called off until conditioned improved. On Sunday, Feb. 17, crews returned, launching their boat from Horseshoe Lake Estates north of FM 787.

An hour into the search Sunday, sonar relocated and secured the vehicle. Santa Fe, Texas-based diver Mark Jansen braved the frigid and murky water to verify the vehicle was the make and model of the missing woman. Inside the vehicle, he found the body of a woman believed to be Scott-Perkins.

Jennifer Ann Scott-Perkins, 48, has been missing since Jan. 2, 2019. She is believed to have disappeared in Liberty County.

Around 5 p.m., the vehicle was pulled to shore by a wrecker truck where Pct. 5 Justice of the Peace Wade Brown was standing by to make the pronouncement of death before her body was taken from the scene by Pace-Stancil Funeral Home.

Authorities believe the body is Scott-Perkins and that she intentionally drove into the river; however, an autopsy may provide more clues and a positive identification.

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