Gayla Ward Fulner, 44, Bayou Body Count No. 283

The body of a woman who was likely murdered and possibly raped was found near a northside bayou Sunday evening, police say.

An autopsy will be performed, but HPD told reporters foul play is suspected.

A couple of kids discovered the body about 5:30 p.m. Sunday in the 11400 block of Imperial Valley. KTRK reports that the woman, in her 20s or 30s was naked from the waist down and her face was mutilated.

(Update: HPD has identified her as Gayla Ward Fulner, 44.)

Anyone with information in this case is urged to contact the Houston Police Department Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

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