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Body of Jacksonville woman missing since 2006 found

San Augustine County Sheriff's Office

POSTED: Friday, June 20, 2014 - 11:05am

UPDATED: Monday, June 23, 2014 - 2:27pm

The body of an East Texas woman who has been missing since July, 2006, has been found.

Shunte Coleman, of Jacksonville, was last heard from by her grandmother on July 2, 2006. In March 2014, the San Augustine County Sheriff's Office tells KETK, a forester uncovered human skeletal remains near the intersection of Farm to Market Road 1196 and County Road 347. A Sam Houston State University forensic anthropologist examined the remains prior to sending them off to The University of North Texas Center for Human Identification, where DNA extracted from the remains were entered into the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS). The remains were then determined to be those of Coleman.

In 2007, Jacksonville police say Colmean has a connection to former officer Larry Pugh. This was the second woman who was somehow connected to Pugh who had mysteriously disappeared.  The other female was Terri Reyes.

Mugshot of Larry Pugh.

Pugh was sentenced to 12 years in federal prison on charges of civil rights violations and retaliating against a witness. According to KTBB, Pugh admitted that on two occasions in 2005, while serving as a Jacksonville police officer, he violated the civil rights of Coleman and Reyes by forcing them to have sex with him while he was on duty and in uniform. Pugh also admitted that he retaliated against one of the women for providing information to law enforcement officials.

The investigation into Coleman’s death is being continued by the San Augustine County Sheriff’s Office, the Texas Rangers and the FBI.

Coleman was 26 at the time she vanished.

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..."somehow connected" to a decorated small-town predator cop who eased his and his buddies boredom by snatching women off the road and raping them a gun point.
Coleman and 9 other local Jacksonville women had filed complaints against officer Larry Pugh and the Jacksonville police department.
After facing "40 complainants in Athens who Joe Evans interviewed," the JPD recruited Pugh. The impotent Tyler FBI and Federal Judges quashed murder indictments to keep the City of J'ville from being sued.

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