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Police say they found a partially naked woman’s body early this morning in southwest Houston AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Sharon Steinmann
Police taped off a portion of a parking lot behind Sharpstown Mall on Thursday, Dec. 4, 2008, in Houston. Two men were expected to survive after having been shot Thursday in a drug-related shootout at an apartment complex across the street from a mall, police said. The shooting was initially reported as an attempted carjacking in the mall's parking lot. But investigators later determined the two unidentified men were injured during a gun battle involving up to five people inside an apartment at a complex across the street from Sharpstown Mall in southwest Houston, said Houston Police Capt. Bruce Williams. (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Sharon Steinmann )

Police say they made a gruesome discovery early this morning in southwest Houston, finding a partially clothed woman’s body on the side of a street.

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They reportedly discovered the woman’s body in the 9800 block of Brooklet Drive in Alief around 2:00 a.m. this morning.

According to authorities who said they are now pursuing the case as a homicide, they found the woman naked below her waist; they estimate the victim to be under 30 years old.

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Reports indicate the area of the discovery near Bissonnet, behind the Tollway, is an industrial-like site, with warehouses and vacant lots.

This is a developing story.

If you would like to share information on this incident, contact your local authorities or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

Anna Caplan contributes to Rare Houston and Rare Animals. 
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