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Vehicle of Missing Woman Is Found in Creek

February 21, 2005

DENTON, Texas (AP) _ The truck of a missing pregnant woman and her 7-year-old son was found abandoned in a creek Monday morning as police continued to search for the pair.

A statewide Amber Alert was issued Saturday for Lisa Underwood and her son, Jayden, after she failed to show up for her baby shower. The alert was expanded Sunday night to include New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana.

Her blue Dodge Durango was found nose down and partially submerged in a creek in an undeveloped area in Denton, about 30 miles northeast of Fort Worth. Police were using dogs to try to pick up the family’s trail.

Police would not give details of what they found at Underwood’s Fort Worth home but said the evidence showed they may have been victims of a crime. According to a police report, relatives checking out her house Saturday found a large pool of blood on the living room floor.

``What really causes us to be concerned for their safety is the evidence located inside the home,″ Lt. Gene Jones said. ``We haven’t made any conclusive determinations about what happened, but there is a great concern for her safety as well as her son.″

Underwood is not married, Jones said. He said her son’s father was among those being contacted by police.

Holly Pils, who co-owns Boopa’s Bagel Deli with Underwood, said she last spoke with Underwood on Friday night.

``I can’t imagine why they weren’t at the shower but also why we haven’t heard from them since,″ Pils said. ``There’s no one I know of that might want to do her harm.″

Dallas Morning News, http://www.dallasnews.com

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Information from: Fort Worth Star-Telegram, http://www.star-telegram.com

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