Local church leaders were startled by the discovery of Catherine Jane Dungan being found dead in Collier’s Ferry Park.
Rev. Irvin L. Barrett of Sunlight Missionary Baptist Church says he came to the scene on Saturday night to offer spiritual support to anyone who was troubled by the discovery of the 54-year-old Beaumont woman.
“I just really wanted to be there, we were just blocks away in prayer an hour or two prior to that,” Rev. Barrett said.
“We wanted to be there for the sake of those who we regathering, just as a spiritual presence to impart some sort of spirituality in the moment if I could, Rev. Barrett said.
Beaumont Police say the cause of death has not yet been determined. An autopsy will be conducted this week.
Officer Haley Morrow says they tried finding Dungan’s family members but have not located a next of kin.
The investigation is not being ruled a homicide at this time, according to Beaumont Police.
“We’re not searching for any suspects right now, we’re just looking for anyone who knew her or spent time with her within the last few days,” Officer Morrow said.
Rev. Barrett hopes that some closure can be brought to those that were close to Dungan.
“In the meantime we're praying for the family and friends and again that's our purpose for being there, for the family or for those who were traumatized by what took place," Rev. Barrett said.
The Beaumont Police Department is asking if anyone who was at Collier’s Ferry Park between 5:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. on Saturday and may have information surrounding Dungan’s death to call Beaumont Police at (409) 832-1234.