Body of Missing Plano Woman Found

Plano woman last seen Friday

By Kevin Cokely
|  Monday, Jan 9, 2012  |  Updated 11:44 PM CDT
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Investigators say they believe the death of a missing Plano woman may have been an accident.

Kevin Cokely, NBC 5 News

Investigators say they believe the death of a missing Plano woman may have been an accident.

The search for a 49-year-old Plano woman ended just more than three days after she was last seen at her home less than a mile away.

The body of Denise Stoddard was found in a creek at the bottom of an 8-foot dropoff on Monday afternoon, Plano police said. Children walking along the Bob Woodruff trail on Shiloh Road spotted the body behind Plano Bible Church.

"The body was lodged up against some debris, not moving," Officer Andre Smith said.

Friends created a Facebook page to help find the mother of two after her husband said she wandered away from home Friday. They were organizing a search for this coming weekend.

Police said there were no signs of foul play.

"There's no indication of how long she's been here in this creekline," Smith said.

Stoddard's husband said his wife had a bipolar disorder but had never before wandered off.

Plano police are continuing their investigation.

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