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SANANTONIO -- Preliminary autopsy results show that Leanne Bearden died from asphyxiation by hanging, Garden Ridge police said Friday.

The manner of death has been ruled a suicide, pending toxicology results.

Police said the investigation has concluded that Bearden's death occurred shortly after she was last seen leaving her residence for a walk.

The police department has asked that the community and the family have time to process and reflect on the tragedy, according to a news release.

Bearden's body was found in Garden Ridge on Thursday afternoon after she had been missing for more than three weeks.

Investigators said a man discovered the body early Thursday afternoon in a wooded area behind his home.Sources tell Eyewitness News that Bearden was found hanging in a tree.

Police were able to confirm it was Bearden by her backpack and ID.

The body was found in the 21600 block of Fairview Circle, just a few blocks from Bearden's in-laws' home, where she was last seen before going for a run, family members said.

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