Updated May 1 at 6:45 p.m.: Revised to include a positive identification from the medical examiner’s office.
Ms Dallas’ body, Lashun Massey, was removed Thursday morning from Lago de Claire, a small lake in Irving, the medical examiner’s office said.
Massey, 38, was missing around 7:40 am Tuesday by her husband after she did not return from her usual morning walk, police said. The body recovered from the water was wearing the same clothes Massey was wearing when she went missing, police said.
The county medical examiner’s office confirmed on Saturday that the body belonged to Massey.
Massey owned an environmental engineering company and was a research program director at the University of Texas School of Engineering at Dallas. She got a doctorate. in Civil Engineering from Virginia Tech and in 2019 published an autobiography on the challenges she faced in pursuing her engineering.
If the person found in the lake is Massey, “then of course our condolences go out to the family,” police spokesman Robert Reeves said Thursday. The body was found around 9.45 a.m. submerged in the canal connected to the lake, police said.
Massey would normally return home from her morning walk at 7 a.m. to prepare her two young sons for school, police said.
A witness saw her at 5:30 a.m. on Tuesday walking near Lago de Claire, a small lake near Riverside Drive and East Royal Lane, police said.
Police said two witnesses reported seeing someone who matched Massey’s description come out of the water on Tuesday morning. The lake is 85 to 90 feet deep. She allegedly stood on a bench and then got off, police said.
No foul play is suspected, Reeves said, adding that police would investigate if anything was discovered during the autopsy. Reeves said family members were near the lake on Thursday morning and Massey’s husband had been notified of the find.
Massey was due to compete in Corsica on Thursday for the title of Ms. Texas America.
Michael Shaub, 59, has lived near Massey’s home in their Las Colinas neighborhood since around 2006. He placed carnations on a small memorial outside the contest winner’s house next to a chair facing at the lake, where he said Massey’s husband had sat staring at the water several times since his disappearance.
“Her husband is just distraught,” Shaub said. “Everyone just wants to help him.”
“He didn’t have the slightest warning that this was going to happen,” Shaub added.
Shaub said Massey couldn’t swim and was told she hated water.
He said the neighborhood was very tight-knit and everyone was shaken by his disappearance.
“It will be filled with flowers,” Shaub said, pointing to the memorial.
Massey grew up in rural Arkansas and was previously crowned Mrs. Little Rock.
Shaub said he was not close to Massey but had had a few conversations with her in the past. He said she was the type of person who always stopped to say hello as she walked around the lake.
“She’s so smart,” Shaub said. “She’s one of the smartest people I’ve ever spoken to.”
Personal photographer Tom Fox contributed to this reporting.