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Body found in Beggs identified as Houston woman

Identification was accomplished via DNA and Crime Stoppers tips
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Posted at 2:07 PM, Sep 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-17 18:15:51-04
BEGGS, La. —

Investigators with the St Landry Parish Sheriff's Department have identified the body found in Beggs last month.

The woman has been identified as Demetris Lincoln of Houston.

According to reports, LIncoln was reported missing in Houston shortly after she obtained a restraining order against a former boyfriend.

A spokesman for the sheriff's office said he doesn't have a cause of death to release yet, but there is no question that Lincoln's death was a homicide.

A tip was received from St. Landry Crime Stoppers showing a missing person flyer of a Houston women missing in the same time frame.

The body also had the same characteristics of the missing woman. St. Landry detectives contacted detectives with Houston PD to obtain DNA.

The body was identified via DNA and the identification by family of items recovered from the scene.

Investigators are working with the Houston Police Department to uncover the circumstances surrounding the discovery of the body.

The body was found on August 18. Houston Police have been investigating the case since August 23, a spokeswoman said.

They were called to Lincoln's home by her mother and sister, who hadn't heard from her in a couple of days, which wasn't usual, the spokeswoman said.

Police entered Lincoln's home, but she wasn't there. The following day her family filed the missing person report, the spokeswoman said.

On August 31, Houston Police were notified that the body in Beggs might be Lincoln, the spokeswoman said.

When the positive identification was made, the case was transfered from missing persons to homicide, she said.

Detectives are now working the case in Houston, in conjunction with Louisiana law enforcement, she said.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact the St. Landry Sheriff's Department at 337-948-6517 or St. Landry Crime Stoppers at 337-948-8477.