TYLER (AP) — The body of a missing East Texas woman has been found in a freezer on the property where she lived with her son and he died in a standoff with law officers.READ MORE: Texas Democrats In Congress Say It's 'Unacceptable' Gov. Abbott Hasn't Released Billions In Stimulus For Public Education
Smith County Sheriff Larry Smith says the body of Frances Barton was located Thursday, a day after the standoff near Tyler that left Kenneth Barton dead.
Smith says it appears the woman, who was 78 when last seen alive in 2013, died by violent means. An autopsy was ordered.READ MORE: Health Officials Urge Safety Measures Against West Nile Virus In North Texas
Smith says investigators believe her 61-year-old son fatally shot himself Wednesday as officers tried to serve a warrant in the search for his mother. Kenneth Barton then started his house on fire.
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