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Investigators believe woman found stuffed in wooden box died in St. Joseph

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A woman's body was found stuffed in a wooden box near Weston, and the Platte County Sheriff's Office continues to investigate her death.

Tangela Fisher's body was found last week in a homemade-style box off East Dye Store Road in a dried up creek bed. Inside the box were various sizes of men's and women's clothing.

No vehicle was found in the area.

Days after the discovery, investigators said they believe Fisher died in St. Joseph, MO, and the Metro Squad turned over the investigation to the St. Joseph Police Department.

A spokesman for the sheriff's office initially said last week that they preferred to call it a death investigation rather than a suspicious death investigation. However, authorities on Tuesday acknowledged that Fisher's death is considered suspicious.

Determining how the 35-year-old woman died could take up to two months as toxicology results are pending.

Fourteen area detectives were working the case. Sgt. Jerin Almond said the box was built with scrap wood pieces including part of a ping-pong table. Almond said if you saw someone collecting pieces of wood scraps to alert authorities.

Fisher was known to frequent the downtown area of St. Joseph, deputies said. She and her husband were getting a divorce, and she was living in transitional housing for women in St. Joseph.

Her husband, who asked not to be identified, said he loved his wife and didn't want a divorce. She was battling mental issues, loved ones said.

"I wanted her to come home. It's a damn shame," he said. "I hope someone will step up and give us some answers to it."

Her brother, Travis Griese, asked for the public's help.

"This is hard on all of us," he said. "We want answers."

He said he last spoke to his sister over Labor Day weekend and didn't sense that she was in danger. He was stunned to learn her body was found in a box.

"Who would do anybody that way?" he asked. "I just don't understand."

Anyone with information is asked to call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS or the Metro Squad Information Line at 816-858-3396.

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