Texas Mom Christina Lee Powell’s Death Investigation Finally Closed

Texas police have closed an investigation into the death of Christina Lee Powell.

Powell suffered an accidental death caused by hyperthermia with complications from ethanol intoxication, a spokesperson for the Bexar County Medical Examiner’s office told Fox News Digital.

Texas Mom Christina Lee Powell’s Death Investigation Finally Closed

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The 39-year-old mom was discovered on the evening of July 23 in the front passenger seat of her 2020 Nissan Rogue.

She was found three weeks after a family member reported her missing. Investigators said at the time they believed her car had been parked there at least a week. 

Powell was a mother to two boys, ages 3 and 12. Loved ones called her “Chrissy.” 

The SAPD announced in late July that a security guard at the Huebner Oaks Center mall complex had located the suspicious vehicle on July 23 and went to examine further. 

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The guard informed police that he checked on the SUV while driving through the lot and noticed “a foul odor coming from the vehicle.” 

“He looked inside the vehicle and observed a body in the front passenger side seat and called 911,” police said. The windows of the SUV were closed, a law enforcement source told the outlet.

“It had been days,” the source added.

The mall complex is located approximately four miles away – a 10-minute drive – from her Red Hill Place home. There were no obvious signs of trauma to Powell’s body and her purse, which contained identifying information, was also inside. 

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Powell disappeared on the morning of July 5, after she was last seen hurrying out the front door of the San Antonio home she shared with her mother and her oldest son. On the morning of her disappearance, she told her mom she was running late for work.

She was then captured on doorbell camera footage leaving the house around 10:35 a.m. but was never seen again. She told colleagues at the office where she worked as a paralegal that she had overslept and would be late.

However, she left behind her cell phone — which had been placed on the bathroom counter — medication and possibly also her Apple Watch when she left. 

She drove off in her Nissan SUV, but never made it the seven miles, or 15 minutes, to her office. 

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And when Powell didn’t show up, a colleague went to her home around lunchtime to check in on her, only to discover from her 12-year-old son that his mother had left that morning. 

Claudia Mobley, Powell’s mother, reported her daughter missing the next day.

Powell was described at the time as being “diagnosed with medical conditions that require a doctors (sic) care.” 

Mobley shared how her daughter had previously disappeared, albeit for a shorter period of time, about four or five years ago. She said she threatened to call the police when she spoke to Powell’s boyfriend at the time, but never did so.

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