Homicide victim identified as Lake Highlands teenager Zoe Hastings

Zoe Hastings, from a missing persons flier circulated Sunday night.
Zoe Hastings, from a missing persons flier circulated Sunday night.

Police have identified the body of a young woman found earlier today in the Lochwood area as 18-year-old Zoe Hastings.

We also have learned that her father, James Hastings, is a local artist and an art teacher at Merriman Park Elementary in the Richardson ISD.

Her family says she left home at 4:45 p.m. yesterday in the white Honda Odyssey police later recovered in the creek in the 11700 block of Dixfield Drive Monday morning, which we reported earlier today. Police at a press conference a few minutes ago say Hastings died of “obvious homicidal violence.” She was headed to a missionary class at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 10701 E Lake Highlands, but never made it. Police are asking anyone who saw the vehicle or Hastings yesterday to call the DPD homicide unit 214.671.3584.

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This murder is completely unconnected to a murder on the White Rock Creek Trail earlier today, police say.

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Knowing Lake Highlands as we do, expect community efforts to help the Hastings family. We will keep you posted on this site.

UPDATE: More information, including how to help, can be found here.

Carol Toler contributed to the reporting.

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