Woman's body found buried in Wise County

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A woman's body was found buried in rural Wise County at a site provided to authorities by a suspect in a missing woman case, the sheriff said Sunday.

A positive identification on the victim had not been made as of Sunday night, authorities said.

But a man who authorities believe was involved in the disappearance of Samantha McNorton, 28, of Sunset, provided authorities with details that led investigators to the burial site near County Road 2535 and Greenwood Road in northeast Wise County, Sheriff David Walker said Sunday night.

The suspect, whom authorities did not identify, remained in custody Sunday.

The body was taken to the Dallas County medical examiner's office for positive identification, authorities said.

Based on information provided by the suspect, investigators drove to the burial location late Saturday, discovered the body and secured the area, Walker said.

Texas Rangers, Wise County sheriff's deputies and forensic anthropologists form the University of North Texas returned Sunday morning and spent much of the day collecting evidence, Walker said.

"We took a long time because we wanted to get as much evidence as we could," Walker said.

McNorton was last seen on Nov. 2 at the One Stop in Runaway Bay, more than 30 miles from where the body was found Saturday.

Family members reported McNorton missing on Nov. 13.

Domingo Ramirez Jr., 817-390-7763

Twitter: @mingoramirezjr

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