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Woman's death in Corinth ruled a homicide; victim identified

Update: 10 a.m. Tuesday

Corinth police identified the victim as 21-year-old Amanda Clairmont, a University of North Texas senior and business major. 

Amanda Clairmont
Amanda Clairmont

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Corinth police found a deceased woman with multiple gunshot wounds inside a vehicle at about 6 a.m. Sunday in a vacant parking lot in the 5700 block of South Interstate 35E, according to authorities.  

Corinth police Lt. Jimmie Gregg, who is a spokesman for the department, said the woman was 21 years old but declined to release her name. The Tarrant County Medical Examiner's Office has officially ruled her death a homicide, and the suspect is still at-large. 

Denton County Chief Death Investigator Troy Taylor said the office has been in contact with the victim's family members, but also could not release the victim's name Monday. He cited the ongoing criminal investigation. 

Details are sparse as the Texas Rangers and the Denton County Sheriff's Office assist Corinth police with the case. Taylor and Gregg declined to release the number of gunshot wounds on the victim or the type of car she was found inside.  

Gregg said officers found her during a routine patrol in the parking lot adjacent to the Gunn Nissan of Denton car dealership. One nearby resident said she heard four gunshots in the area between midnight and 1 a.m. Sunday. 

Tanya Kiefer, 47, lives behind the dealership and said she heard the shots while getting ready for bed. Other family members were in her house at the time, she said. 

"I came into the living room and said, 'Did anybody hear that?'" Kiefer recalled.  She said she didn't hear any vehicles leave the lot or speed away after the shots. 

A few houses down, 87-year-old resident Laverne Brown said she didn't hear a thing in the wee hours of Sunday morning. The fence in her backyard borders the lot, and she noticed a heavy police presence all day Sunday.  

Neighbors said they've noticed increased vehicle and foot traffic in that parking lot in recent months. Brown said tractor-trailers and other vehicles have been parking there, while Kiefer said skateboarders regularly hang out there. 

Brown said she believes teenagers practice driving in the area. But the activity hasn't disturbed her, she said. 

"I didn't think anything of [the vehicle activity] because anybody can go in there and park, I guess as long as they want to," Brown said.  "There's no signs saying they can't." 

Brown, who's lived in the same house for about 25 years, said the lot has been vacant for roughly two decades. It previously housed a steakhouse that burned down 20 years ago, she said. 

Tri-Star Construction Inc. is the general contractor for the property, but a company official said over the phone Monday there is no future developments planned for the area. 

JULIAN GILL can be reached at 940-566-6882.