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Body Found in Woods Identified as Missing North Carolina Mother

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    This undated photo shows missing North Carolina mother Edwardyne "Dynee" Williams, who was last seen Nov. 27. (

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    Edwardyne Williams

The body of a woman found in a wooded area in North Carolina on Sunday afternoon has been identified as 50-year-old Edwardyne "Dynee" Williams, who was last seen over the Thanksgiving weekend, WRAL-TV reported. 

The cause of death has not been released, but authorities said they are treating it as a homicide.

Williams, the mother of two daughters, disappeared Nov. 27. Investigators reportedly found her abandoned SUV about a week ago along Chicken Foot Road in Cumberland County, about 2 miles from her home. Williams' children said the vehicle was found along a road she would not have traveled.  

Family members told the station that Williams' purse was found hanging on a nearby tree, and her house keys and cellphone were inside the vehicle. The key to her white Isuzu Rodeo was reportedly missing.  

Volunteers discovered her body close to the roadway off Canady Pond Road, a day after a special K-9 team from Tennessee arrived in North Carolina to assist in the search, according to the station.

Williams' older daughter, Tabitha Jones, had told the station that she knew something was wrong when she left her mother a message about her upcoming graduation and didn't hear back.

"Call, text, nothing. Her phone was off," the 24-year-old said.

"You want to believe she is going to walk through that door," she said, prior to the news a body had been found.

Williams' husband died Dec. 18, 2010, but family members say they hadn't noted any signs of depression in their mother in connection with the upcoming anniversary, according to the station. 

Williams' daughters have said they suspect foul play in their mother's disappearance.

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