Grayson County deputies shut down park to follow leads on Sherman killing

Published: Mar. 26, 2020 at 6:40 PM CDT
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Grayson County deputies shut down Herman Baker Park Thursday, following up on leads in the killing of a 21-year-old Sherman woman.

Deputies couldn't say what they were searching for, but did say it was not for a person.

Capt. Harvey Smitherman with the Sheriff's Office confirmed they were following up on leads related to the killing of 21-year-old Emilia Gunnels.

Gunnels went missing Sunday from a house on Tee Taw Circle in Sherman, about 5 miles from Herman Baker park.

Deputies found her body Monday afternoon in the water under a bridge on Blue Flame Road near Midway Mall.

Investigators are not releasing her cause of death, but did confirm it was a homicide.

Deputies are asking anyone that knew Gunnels, who lives at River Ranch Apartments, to come forward with information.

Smitherman said there does not seem to be any danger to the public.

"We're out at Herman Baker Park and we're just looking around the area, following up on like I said, tips and leads," Smitherman said.

Crime stoppers is offering a $5,000 reward for credible information in this case.