Alabama police say they found the body of a woman who texted 'I feel in trouble' just before she disappeared
- Alabama police announced they found the body of a 29-year-old woman who had sent a worrying message to a coworker before disappearing last month, CNN reported Friday.
- Paighton Houston had texted a coworker on December 20, saying she might be in trouble. She was last seen at a Birmingham bar leaving with two men.
- Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey and Crime Stoppers each offered a $5,000 reward for information on Houston's whereabouts.
- On Friday, the local police found a dead body in a shallow grave in Hueytown, Alabama, and they positively identified the remains as Houston's.
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Alabama authorities announced Friday they found the remains of a woman who had been missing since December 20, after texting a coworker saying she might be in trouble.
The Trussville Police Department said 29-year-old Paighton Houston was last seen "leaving a Birmingham bar with two heavyset black men," CNN reported. That same night, she told her coworker she was with strangers. No one heard from her again after that text message.
"If I call answer, I don't know these people and I feel in trouble," Houston's text read, according to her mother, Charlaine Houston.
Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey and Crime Stoppers each offered a $5,000 reward for information on Houston's whereabouts. About 14 days later, the Alabama police found a dead body in a shallow grave by Hueytown, and they later identified in a statement that the body is, in fact, Houston's, CNN reported.
In a Facebook post on Saturday morning, Charlaine Houston confirmed that her daughter had been killed and said she was grateful that at least she finally knew where her daughter was. She thanked well-wishers for their prayers.
"We don't have to go through the torture of not knowing what was happening to her and where she could be. God answered our prayers, he brought her home to us," Charlaine Houston wrote. "I prayed that if she was already in heaven, I just had to know so my heart could put closure to the missing nightmare. Paighton is eternally home with Jesus."