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Body found on Pleasure Island identified by Port Arthur Police as missing Beaumont woman

Detectives are asking anyone with information to reach out to Port Arthur Police about her whereabouts or who she could have been with.

PORT ARTHUR, Texas — Justice of the Peace Marc DeRouen has identified the deceased person found Monday afternoon on Pleasure Island as 30-year-old Janice Summer Ross. 

She had been reported missing out of Beaumont. 

An autopsy done on Ross' body was inconclusive, according to DeRouen. Ross did have injuries on her body but none are being considered as contributing factors in her death.

Investigators are hoping that toxicology results will provide more information.

On Monday at approximately 2:18 p.m., the Port Arthur Police Department dispatch received a call about a deceased person located in the 1000 block of North Levee Rd on Pleasure Island.

This incident is currently under investigation by the Criminal Investigations Division of the Port Arthur Police Department.

Port Arthur Police Chief Timothy Duriso told 12News that this is being classified as a suspicious death pending further investigation.

Detectives are asking anyone with information to reach out to Port Arthur Police about her whereabouts or who she could have been with.

This is a developing story. We will update with more if and when we receive more confirmed information.

Ross' cousin created a GoFundMe to help assist with funeral costs. 

On November 29, 2021 at approximately 2:17pm, Port Arthur Police Department received a call in the 1000 block of North...

Posted by Port Arthur Police Department on Tuesday, November 30, 2021

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From a Port Arthur Police Department news release:

On 11-29-21 at approximately 2:18 pm, PAPD dispatch received a call of a deceased person located in the 1000 BLK of North Levee Rd, Pleasure Island. Investigators responded to the scene and are currently working this incident as a suspicious death. As this is a very fluid situation, no other information will be released at this time. This incident is currently under investigation by the Criminal Investigations Division of the Port Arthur Police Department.

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