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Mom of missing Alabama woman says she’s ‘grateful’ for closure after body of daughter, 29, is found

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The mother of an Alabama woman who had been missing for two weeks says that she is ‘grateful’ her daughter ‘is coming home,’ now that authorities have positively identified her body which was found in a shallow grave. 

Paighton Houston, 29, of Trussville, Alabama, was last seen alive on December 20, when she left a Birmingham, Alabama, bar with two men. She later sent a friend a text message asking her to pick up the phone if she called because she didn’t know who she was with and that ‘I feel in trouble.’ 

Authorities confirmed Friday that the body found in a shallow grave on an empty property in Hueytown, Alabama, about 13 miles away from Birmingham, belonged to Paighton. 

‘Our family didn’t get the news we had hoped for but I am very grateful that Paighton is coming home,’ her mother, Charlaine Houston wrote on Facebook Saturday. 

Authorities confirmed Friday that they found the body of missing woman Paighton Houston, 29, buried in a shallow grave on a property about 13 miles away from where she went missing

Paighton Houston

Authorities confirmed Friday that they found the body of missing woman Paighton Houston, 29, buried in a shallow grave on a property about 13 miles away from where she went missing

Paighton's mother, Charlaine Houston, wrote on Facebook Saturday that she is 'very grateful that Paighton is coming home' after authorities positively identified Paighton's body

Paighton’s mother, Charlaine Houston, wrote on Facebook Saturday that she is ‘very grateful that Paighton is coming home’ after authorities positively identified Paighton’s body

‘We don’t have to go through the torture of not knowing what was happening to her and where she could be. God answered our prayers, he brought her home to us. I prayed that if she was already in heaven, I just had to know so my heart could put closure to the missing nightmare.’

Charlaine thanked all those who showed concern during the search for her daughter and said that ‘Paighton is eternally home with Jesus.’ She also noted that Paighton ‘touched the hearts of many in our efforts to bring her home and my heart is touched by everyone’s love for our family.’ 

Authorities began searching the property after being tipped off about the location on Thursday. They then found Paighton’s body wrapped in fabric in the shallow grave on Friday. 

Her body was said to be ‘still intact’ when it was discovered in the muddy grave of a home that isn’t currently occupied, according to WVTM 13

Charlaine Houston (left) wrote that Paighton (right) 'is eternally home with Jesus' now

Charlaine Houston (left) wrote that Paighton (right) ‘is eternally home with Jesus’ now

Paighton was last seen on December 20 when she left a bar with two men friends said that she did not know

Paighton then sent a friend a text message stating that she felt 'in trouble'

Paighton was last seen on December 20 when she left a bar with two men friends said that she did not know. She then sent a friend a text message stating that she felt ‘in trouble’

The home, located on Love Street near Chapel Drive, used to be occupied by an elderly man but he was taken away by family a while back to receive care, neighbors told AL.com.  

Paighton was said to have been seeing leaving the Tin Roof bar in Birmingham with two heavy-set black men on December 20 at 10.45pm. 

She was believed to have been at the bar with co-workers and friends, who said she didn’t know the two men she left with. 

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Just after midnight on December 21, Paighton sent a text message to a friend that read: ‘idk who im with so if I call please answer. I feel in trouble.’

Charlaine Houston described her daughter’s text as being ‘very concerning.’ 

Authorities began searching the empty residence in Hueytown, Alabama (pictured) Thursday, after receiving a tip related to Paighton's disappearance

Authorities began searching the empty residence in Hueytown, Alabama (pictured) Thursday, after receiving a tip related to Paighton’s disappearance

Neighbors said the home, which is located on Love Street near Chapel Drive, used to be occupied by an elderly man but he was taken away by family a while back to receive care

Neighbors said the home, which is located on Love Street near Chapel Drive, used to be occupied by an elderly man but he was taken away by family a while back to receive care

Houston was said to have been at the Tin Roof Bar in Birmingham, about 13 miles away from where her body was found, with friends and coworkers the night she went missing

Houston was said to have been at the Tin Roof Bar in Birmingham, about 13 miles away from where her body was found, with friends and coworkers the night she went missing

Houston's mother Charlaine Houston had posted this plea for help on Facebook, saying her daughter's bank account had not been used since she vanished

Houston’s mother Charlaine Houston had posted this plea for help on Facebook, saying her daughter’s bank account had not been used since she vanished

Her family said her bank account had remained unused and that her phone was going straight to voicemail ever since she disappeared. 

‘Someone knows something, and we have to bring her home,’ her mother posted on Facebook as she pleaded for anyone with information to come forward. 

‘Her last message said she didn’t know these people and she was in trouble. The detectives are working to find her but please help us with any information you get.’ 

Alabama Governor Kay Ivey offered a $5,000 reward for information related to Houston’s disappearance. Crime Stoppers have also offered a separate $5,000 reward.  

Police have not commented on whether they have located the two men Houston was spotted leaving the bar with.   

According to her LinkedIn profile, Houston works as an account manager for a trucking company in Birmingham. 

Authorities are continuing to investigate the circumstances leading to Paighton’s death. 

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