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Mother, child found dead in Fort Worth field identified

Fort Worth police search the area near where the bodies of a woman and young child were found in a field south of Dirks Road near Bryant Irvin Tuesday. Circumstances of the deaths are under investigation.
Fort Worth police search the area near where the bodies of a woman and young child were found in a field south of Dirks Road near Bryant Irvin Tuesday. Circumstances of the deaths are under investigation. Star-Telegram

Police continue to investigate the mysterious deaths of a woman and young child whose bodies were found Tuesday about 200 yards from a wrecked car in a field in far southwest Fort Worth.

Lindsay Groce Gardner, 27, and Hailey Gardner, 13 months, were identified Wednesday by the Tarrant County medical examiner’s office. The cause and manner of their deaths were not reported.

Gardner’s address was reported as an apartment on Hulen Bend Circle, about five miles from where the car was found.

Investigators believe the bodies are connected to the wrecked car, but had not determined whether the wreck contributed to their deaths, homicide Sgt. Joe Loughman said.

“There were no injuries that looked like they would cause a person’s death,” he said.

A passer-by alerted police about 8:20 a.m. Tuesday that a Toyota was wrecked against a tree in a field southwest of the intersection of Dirks and Bryant Irvin roads. Officers initially did not see the bodies. About 11 a.m., a man repairing a broken fence there reported the unclothed bodies in the field.

Police have said the mother’s body was on top of the child. Clothing was found nearby, Loughman said.

Investigators were trying to determine when the wreck occurred.

According to a personal blog titled “Adventures in Cali,” Gardner was a freelance artist. Last updated in August 2013, Gardner wrote of her faith in God and the difficulties she and her husband were having while trying to follow their dreams in California.

“Why can’t things just go the way you plan them? Why does God constantly have another path? These are things I get to thinking. You’ve probably thought them before too. Why do we even bother thinking that? He already had a path. It’s our scared insecure brains that try to tie all the knots of false insecurity together into believing that we are going to be ok because of our ‘plan,’” she wrote. “Even though, constantly, again and again, our plan fails, falls apart, crumbles, vanishes. But God’s plans are always solid. He always follows through and takes care of us.”

Her last entry said the couple was preparing to move to Lancaster, Calif.

“Please pray for me and my family. My husband and I are going back to no home, no job, and pregnant,” she wrote.

Deanna Boyd, 817-390-7655

Twitter: @deannaboyd

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