Officers escort body of Kyle police employee home

 Saturday, a line of police cars drove the 65 mile stretch from Lockhart to San Antonio to take the body of 29-year-old Samantha Dean home. Several people stopped in Kyle and watched with a heavy heart.

"I knew about the story and I'm a mom and I feel for her and her family so we just stopped out of respect," said Tara Papenhausen who lives in Leander.

Dean was a victim services coordinator for the Kyle Police Department. Wednesday, a Bastrop County deputy found her body in a parking lot off Highway 71.

"I just feel bad for her and her family and hope that they find who did this to her," said Papenhausen.

An autopsy showed Dean died of a gunshot wound and she was pregnant. Officers in the area are still searching for her killer.

"I want to show my support just to let her know, let the family know, that we're trying our best to find out who did this to Ms. Dean," said Bastrop Police Officer Charles Sanford.

Dean lived in Austin and officers said she did not have any obvious ties to Bastrop. She worked at the Kyle Police Department for the last two years.

"This would mean so much to her, the brotherhood, she wasn't an actual police officer, but she was part of the Police Department and they're showing so much support even if she wasn't a police officer," said Sanford.  

Dean's job was to show up to crimes around the clock and provide comfort to victims. Saturday, it was Dean's coworkers and friends who showed up for her.

"You've got to be strong for everyone else, so I try to keep back my tears and show my support," said Sanford.

"It's just tragic. I just wish things had been different for her. I can only imagine that her family were expecting a baby and didn't imagine that this is how they be spending this Saturday," said Papenhausen.

When a suspect is arrested for Dean's murder, they could be charged with capital murder because Dean was expecting a child. Someone convicted of capital murder can face the death penalty.



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