Updated: Homicide investigation underway in Colony Ridge community

The body of a woman was found lying in a ditch on CR 3550 in the Colony Ridge area south of Plum Grove on Sunday morning by a passerby.

The female appears to have suffered a gunshot wound, authorities say.

The murder investigation prompted the closure of CR 3550 east of the second roundabout for a few hours Sunday morning.

By Sunday evening, authorities had released a statement to say that the victim was a 16-year-old juvenile, therefore her name will not be released.

“Her family has been notified and the investigation continues to locate the person or persons responsible,” said Capt. Ken DeFoor, a spokesperson for the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office.

The investigation by the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office is being assisted by the Liberty County District Attorney’s Office and the Texas Rangers.

Pct. 6 Justice of the Peace Ralph Fuller arrived on scene around 11 a.m. Sunday to conduct an inquest and order an autopsy.

Investigators are asking anyone with information pertaining to this murder case to call the LCSO at 936-336-4500 or the Multi-County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-392-STOP (7867). All calls to Crime Stoppers will remain anonymous and the person providing the tip that leads to a resolution in this case may be eligible for a cash reward.

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