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UPDATE: Homicide investigation in Bell Co., body identified

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BELL COUNTY - Authorities have identified a body that was found over the weekend as Shayna Lynette Waller, 26, of Killeen, and they say a homicide investigation is underway.

The body was found Saturday afternoon around 12:30 p.m. on Quarry Road, east of Killeen city limits, and north of FM 439.

The body was identified by fingerprints. Bell County Sheriff's Office believes Waller was killed elsewhere and her body dumped on Quarry Road, about 1 mile north of FM 439.

The body has been sent to Dallas for an autopsy.

Family members tell News Channel 25 Waller worked as a prostitute in downtown Killeen under the nickname "Queen" to support her two-year-old daughter. 

"'Queen' was a good girl," said Lamonte Moore, the uncle of Waller's daughter. "I mean she might have been out on the street a little bit but she was definitely a good girl."

When she was 11, she moved from Detroit, Michigan to Killeen to live with her father and stepmother.

Waller was last seen Friday at around 8pm at her child's father's apartment near 10th Street and Parmer Avenue.

"I thought it was a joke to be honest," said Moore. "When I got the text, I was like ,'Yeah right' so I sent it to my brother and he thought I was joking too. I had to come over here and tell him it wasn't no joke, somebody had killed her."

Waller's family spent today taking care of her daughter and grieving inside of their home near Willow Springs Road.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Waller prior to noon Saturday, January 29th, is asked to contact the Bell County Sheriff's Office at (254) 933-5412.

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