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Missing woman's remains found in Rowlett bring more questions for family, police

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ROWLETT, Texas -

The human bones found by hikers earlier this month near Miller Road and the President George Bush Turnpike are those of a woman reported missing more than nine years ago, according to Rowlett Police.

The remains are 41-year-old Shirley Geanes', who was reported missing to Richardson Police Sept. 23, 2004. Geanes' cause of death, however, is undetermined.

The remains were found in a wooded area Dec. 4. Rowlett Police responded, and the remains were taken to the medical examiner's office for identification.

Geanes owned a residential and commercial maid service, and the last time anyone heard from her was when she called a relative after cleaning a house in Rowlett.

Her abandoned car was found at an East Dallas apartment complex the next day at Samuell and I-30. Her purse, set of wheels and vacuum cleaner were gone.

Geanes' family says the discovery doesn't give them closure, though; it only begs more questions.

"When I first heard it, I wanted to be angry," said Geanes' husband, Sam, who never considered himself a widower.

The last time he spoke to his wife was around 11 a.m. Sept 22, 2004. Geanes called Sam to make sure he had picked up her 16-year-old son, Curtis, from school.

Sam has replayed that last phone call often.

"Hundreds of times," he said. "You want to become a detective. How does she sound? Does she sound nervous, does she sound like she's in a hurry to get off the phone? No, she didn't. She was relaxed."

Rowlett Police and Texas Rangers are investigating Geanes' death.

When Geanes was reported missing, police brought in special search teams, and family, friends and church members passed out fliers and searched Rowlett.

The field where Geanes was found is a field known to fishers and four-wheelers -- not just anyone. So Rowlett Police hope an accomplice or someone with knowledge of the murder will come forward.

"There's no doubt…somebody was familiar with that area, because if you're just driving through town, you're not--it's not gonna be a field that gets your attention," said Det. Cruz Hernandez with the Rowlett Police Department.

Sam wants to know the who, how and why behind his wife's death.

"Don't just tell her you found her and expect us to say, 'Oh OK, thank you,'" said Sam.

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