Mon. May 20th, 2024

An Irving wife and mother went missing after going out for her morning walk two days ago, today officials in the city have recovered a body.

Beauty queen Lashun Massey, wearing a black hoodie and checkered pajama pants, was last seen around 7:30 a.m. near Lago de Claire — a small subdivision lake — on April 27. There has been no confirmation that the body found is Massey’s.

At a late morning press conference Irving PD Public Information Officer Robert Reeves confirmed a body was found submerged in the water around 9:45 a.m.

While the official identification will be made by the Dallas County Medical Examiner’s Office, Reeves did give some information about the deceased person. “I can say that the person recovered [had] clothing [that] does match that of our missing person’s identification… that she was last seen wearing.”

In addition to being a wife, mother, and businesswoman, Massey is also the reigning Mrs. Dallas and was scheduled to compete for the Mrs. Texas America crown this week.

LaShun’s husband, Jeff Massey, spoke with CBS 11 News on April 28 as he held out hope. “She’s my world and she’s going to come home.”

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Jeff Massey said for the last two years his wife has taken a 7:00 a.m. walk by the lake and checks in, but said he became worried after he hadn’t heard from her. “So at about 7:15 [a.m.], I got a little nervous and I texted her. I gave her a call and she didn’t answer so at the time I found our security guard down here and said that they had seen her or somebody over in the canal,” said Massey.

Investigators with the Irving Police Department have only been able to confirm that a dive team with the Texas Department of Public Safety (TxDPS) assisted with the recovery of the body.

“We did receive different tips and different investigative leads that made us want to come back out here and do a dive team in assistance with a sonar to try and verify that up in the canal ways here of Lake de Claire and the body of water… to double check just to make sure that we had done our due diligence,” Officer Reeves said.

Reeves said foul play is not suspected in the death of the person found.

According to her website, Massey, a civil engineer, owns an environmental engineering firm and is a program manager for research at the University of Texas at Dallas.

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