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Woman's body found in Bayou Vista canal

By VALERIE WELLS The Daily News​ ​ ​

Authorities found a woman’s body Friday night in a Bayou Vista canal but don’t know yet whether it is Jessica McDonald, a woman missing since Tuesday, Sheriff Henry Trochesset said.

The Galveston County medical examiner’s office has the body, but has not confirmed the identity of the victim or performed an autopsy, Trochesset said.

The body was against a bulkhead in the water, about 300 yards past the house where McDonald was last seen, Trochesset said.

The Galveston County Sheriff’s Office is still piecing together what happened and who might be responsible.

“We don’t even know if it was foul play,” Trochesset said

The Galveston County Sheriff's Office has been searching for the 30-year-old McDonald since Tuesday.

Jessica McDonald was last seen Tuesday night leaving her sister's house in Bayou Vista with a friend, Trochesset said.

On Wednesday, McDonald's friend was found in her car, not far from the sister's house. The friend was disoriented, but otherwise uninjured, and taken to the University of Texas Medical Branch.

McDonald was not with the car, Trochesset said.

The sheriff's office did not know what color, style or type of clothes McDonald had been wearing when she went missing.

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