Texas woman burned alive in upscale Austin neighborhood, police asking for public’s help in mystery murder

by Jessica

A tragic and horrifying incident unfolded in Austin, Texas, where the lifeless body of a woman was discovered on the side of a road, and authorities suspect she was subjected to the gruesome act of being burned alive.

The Austin Fire Department responded to reports of a fire in the affluent Northwest Hills neighborhood around 5:00 a.m. on September 29, as per a statement from the Austin Police Department. Firefighters stumbled upon the remains of a woman in a patch of grass, still ablaze near the roadside.

According to KXAN-TV, a lighter, seemingly new, was found on the ground, and a police K9 detected the presence of gasoline or diesel. During its search, the K9 unearthed a butcher knife in the area where the scent of accelerants had been detected, as outlined in the warrant.

Investigators believe the knife was strategically placed with the victim in an apparent attempt to destroy evidence using the fire. The victim, identified as 33-year-old Melissa Davis, met a gruesome fate, confirmed by an autopsy that revealed no signs of overt physical trauma or knife wounds but confirmed the horrifying manner in which she lost her life – being burned alive.

A family member revealed that Melissa was on her way to an Apple store to repair her phone on the day of the incident. However, her car, a blue 2016 Toyota 4Runner with Texas license plate KYV3765, remains missing, and authorities are seeking public assistance in locating it.

As of now, no suspects have been named in connection to Davis’s murder, and the investigation remains ongoing. The Austin Police Department urges anyone with information related to Melissa’s untimely death to reach out at 512-974-TIPS. An award of up to $1,000 is offered for information leading to an arrest.

Melissa Davis, originally from Fort Knox, Kentucky, holds a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and a master’s degree in international sustainable tourism from the University of North Texas.

She was remembered fondly by her best friend, Ellie Simmons, who described her as someone with an extraordinary zest for life, a love for art, and grand dreams, including starting a hostel in Costa Rica with a dear friend, featuring an art station where she could indulge her passion for painting.

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