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Brownwood woman's death now being investigated as murder

By Shenna Stout, sstout@ktxs.com
Published On: Oct 01 2012 07:31:19 PM CDT
Updated On: Oct 02 2012 11:03:31 AM CDT
BROWNWOOD, Texas -

The death of a Brownwood woman is now being investigated as a murder.

Michele Reiter, 38, was reported missing on Sept. 11. Her body was found in Coleman County two weeks later.

KTXS obtained a copy of the search warrant affidavit for a man considered a suspect in her disappearance, 53-year-old Lanny Bush.

The search warrant was for Bush and Cindy Barrow's home and vehicle in San Angelo.

The affidavit said Barrow was in a romantic relationship with Bush, who also has been identified as Reiter's ex-boyfriend.

According to the affidavit, Bush initially told law enforcement officers they could search his 1997 Ford pickup. The affidavit states Bush also said he and Reiter engaged in sexual activities in the truck the day before she was reported missing.

During a quick search of the truck, officers found a wooden handled shovel in the bed of the truck. The handle of the shovel had been broken.

In addition, Texas Ranger J. Nick Hanna also located a receipt from the Sportsman's Center in Brownwood dated Sept. 10, the day before Reiter was reported missing.
The receipt revealed Bush purchased ammunition using Cindy Barrow's credit/debit card.

After obtaining a search warrant, Hanna seized potential evidence from Bush's truck including: a blue denim shirt with stains, hair, and possibly blood.

A sample was taken by a sterile swab from the door handle and panel of the truck.
The affidavit said Texas Ranger Denny Crawford located Reiter's nude body in a "shallow, clandestine type grave" on Sept. 24.

Bush remained in Tom Green County Jail with a bond set at $20,000 with charges of Parole Violation and Online Impersonation.

A copy of the search warrant affidavit is on our website.