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Grand Prairie woman was probably strangled, records state

ARLINGTON -- A Grand Prairie woman was probably strangled before her body was discovered by railroad workers last fall in west Arlington, according to official records.

Police are charging an Arlington man in the death of Pam Pruett, 45, whose remains were found in November, wrapped in a comforter near railroad tracks in the 4600 block of West Division Street.

The suspect, James Dwayne Edwards, 24, has been in the Tarrant County Jail since November on an aggravated robbery charge. An arrest warrant in connection with Pruett's death was issued Wednesday for Edwards, police said.

A witness told authorities that Edwards admitted to killing Pruett before selling her valuables at an Arlington pawn shop, according to the arrest warrant's affidavit.

Pruett was likely strangled, according to the affidavit. She was reported missing on Oct. 31, according to the affidavit.

Edwards was arrested about two weeks later after he was caught driving Pruett's car. He told police that Pruett let him borrow the car after he gave her some crack cocaine.

At the time, the Tarrant County medical examiner's office estimated that the remains had been at the location about one month.