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A woman who was found dead in a field on U.S. Highway 101 in northern Arizona is being treated as an accidental death, officials said on Friday, a day after the 35-year-old’s mother called 911 to tell the operator what had happened.
The woman, Leslie Jordan, was found by police officers on Thursday morning, hours after she was reported missing by her parents, police said. The body was found in the parking lot of her home.
“She is deceased,” Sgt. Trent Crump, a spokesman for the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, said.
Jordan’s body was found in an area along the roadside where there were three vehicles parked, according to police. Crump said the woman was “engulfed in blankets and debris, with no blood anywhere.”
There were no signs of strangulation or trauma, according to Crump.
The body was taken to the Pima County Medical Examiner’s Office, which scheduled an autopsy to determine Jordan’s cause of death.
But the sheriff’s office said the medical examiner will need to complete the autopsy before releasing that information publicly.
The home where the body was discovered has been cordoned off and has a “no trespassing” sign posted on it, Crump said, adding that detectives have not identified any missing persons.
The mother of Jordan, Doreen Jordan, called 911 that morning in tears on Thursday to report her daughter missing.
“My daughter, Leslie, she was in the car and the car started off the cliff at about 10 o’clock at night in the desert,” Doreen Jordan told the 911 operator, according to a police report.
Her daughter “appeared to be fine and was not hurt,” she continued, but “has gone missing, possibly in an accident.”
Her mother then told the operator that she had tried unsuccessfully to reach her daughter in several phone calls, a law enforcement source told the Associated Press.
Doreen Jordan said her daughter