Homicide victim identified as Zoe Hastings, a Booker T. Washington graduate

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.

This homicide is completely unconnected to a murder on the White Rock Creek Trail monday morning, police say.

We expect community efforts to help the Hastings family will be arranged in the coming days. We will keep you posted on this site.

UPDATE: How to help the Hastings family.

Carol Toler contributed to the reporting.

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