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Body found in southeast Houston near where investigators searched for missing mom of 5, police say

ABC 13 Houston 1/18/2023 KTRK

A body has been found in southeast Houston, near the area where investigators searched for Leslie Obi, a missing mother of five who vanished last week.

Wednesday's discovery was made at about 2 p.m. in the woods at Cullen and Wilmington. Police said park employees were canvassing the area for a remodeling job when they came across the body.

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Following the discovery, police did not release various details. They added that they are waiting for the medical examiner's office to identify the body and determine the cause of death.

Obi, 43, was last seen on Jan. 11, near Charleston Park Drive, near Highway 90 in southwest Houston. Law enforcement and her family have been searching for her ever since.

On Tuesday, Houston Police Department homicide detectives were at an apartment complex on the city's southeast side as part of the ongoing search. Authorities said the apartment is about seven miles away from where Obi was last seen, and they were following a tip.

Police did confirm they are questioning one person in connection with the case, but they don't have evidence that leads them to believe foul play was a factor in Obi's disappearance.

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