Valerie Ricks, 55, Bayou Body Count No. 112

The body of a middle-aged woman was found lying on the side of Highway 288 early this morning, police say. She was dead from a gunshot would to the neck.

The body of Valerie Ricks, 55, was discovered by a couple driving past at about 5 a.m. in the 4700 block of the northbound feeder road of 288, near Blodgett.

The woman was partially undressed, nude from the waist down.

Police are trying to determine if the body was dumped there after being shot somewhere else.

Investigators are asking anyone with information on the whereabouts of Ms. Ricks prior to her death to contact the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

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