Lubbock County Sheriff's Investigators tell KCBD that a landowner discovered a dead body at a vacant residence south of Idalou Friday evening. The discovery was made around 8:30 p.m. near Farm to Market Road 400 and County Road 6200.
Investigators say this is the same area where a handyman discovered the body of Joanie DeeAnne Parker, 49, of Lubbock on Tuesday afternoon. Authorities would not say whether Friday's discovery is related to the Tuesday death.
Investigators believe it will be at least a couple of days before they are able to positively identify the person who was found. Lt. Jason Stewart with the Lubbock County Sheriff's Office says the body was decomposed which makes it more difficult to identify. "It appears that the body under the current temperatures did have some decomposition to it," said Lt. Stewart.
The Medical Examiner's office is expected to perform an autopsy.
Authorities say despite the coincidence in location, they are treating this investigation as two separate cases. "The two incidents are being investigated as separate incidents until the evidence suggests otherwise but there is a possibility that the two are related," said Lt. Stewart.
They are still looking for Parker's son, 26-year-old Derek Hale. He is considered a person of interest in his mother's homicide and authorities want to talk to him. His car was located earlier in the week, but investigators have not found him.
The landowner who discovered the body Friday says the house has been vacant for months. He says he's trying to erase the image from his memory and does not know why someone would choose his property.
If you know anything call the Sheriff's Office at 806-775-1480
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