UPDATE: Woman found dead behind Crestwood church leaves behind three children

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Update X2: Stephanie Wilson’s three children called their aunt Friday night when their mother didn’t come back to their Center Point home. Family members were worried. They say it’s not like Stephanie to stay away from her children overnight.

They tracked her cell phone signal all the way to Linn Park in Birmingham, 13 miles away from home. A male voice answered the phone then hung up abruptly.

Saturday morning, family members reported Stephanie missing to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office.

Stephanie’s car was found in a government housing project in Gate City.

Her body was found behind Crestway Baptist Church in Crestwood Sunday.

The Birmingham Police Department is conducting the death investigation. Sgt. Johnny Williams said the body had no physical injuries and a drug overdose could be the cause.

Sgt. Williams said we will not know the official cause of death until the toxicology report is complete.

Stephanie’s children, ages 17, 15 and 11, are staying with their aunt for now. They will start school soon without their mother.

Stay tuned to CBS42 News Wednesday at 5 for an update to this story.

UPDATE: The Jefferson County Coroner’s Office has identified the body that was found behind Crestway Baptist Church.

The body has been identified as that of 35-year-old Stephanie Franshawn Williams of Birmingham.

Williams had been missing since Friday, and a missing person’s report was filed on Saturday.

ORIGINAL: East Precinct officers have confirmed that an unidentified body was found earlier today behind Crestway Baptist Church on Crestwood Boulevard.

Police received the call around 6 p.m. on Sunday.

Police tell us that a group of children found the body.

This is still under investigation.

CBS 42 will provide you with more information as it becomes available.

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