ENNIS, Texas — The body of Emily Wade was found earlier this morning by a volunteer search team.
Wade was last seen Jan. 5.
Ennis Chief of Police John Erisman confirms to Channel 8 News that Wade was found dead in Chambers Creek off of Ensign Road near a low water crossing.
Volunteers and members of the Cajun Coasts Search and Rescue team have spent more than a week combing through near Ennis to find Wade and her car
“It was so thick, we couldn’t hardly get into where she was found,” said Toney Wade, Commander of the Cajun Coasts volunteers.
The low water crossing at Ensign Road is still washed out by a large part of Chambers Creek. Two signs farther up on the side of the road warn of high water and a closed bridge, but one is falling over and both might be hard to see in dark and rainy conditions.
Wade’s family asked for privacy during this difficult time. They did share that she will be buried back home in Kentucky. She had not lived in Ennis long.
Police are waiting on autopsy results but believe Wade may have been swept away into the creek the night she went missing.
Chief Erisman said those waters were believed to be high at the time.
Wade’s car has not been located. Crews continue to search for it.
A news release from Ennis PD posted on the department’s Facebook page Monday afternoon reads:
“NEWS RELEASE: Reference Missing Person, Emily Wade
In the late morning hours of Monday January 21, 2019 search volunteers found the deceased body of a female meeting the description of a missing person, Emily Wade. The body was found in a creek bed that was known to be flooding on the night Emily Wade went missing.
The body will be transported to the Dallas County Medical Examiner’s Office for positive identification and determination on the cause of death.
The Ennis Police Department would like to share our appreciation for all of the volunteers and assisting agencies that have spent countless hours over the past two weeks searching for Emily Wade