Over the weekend, the body of Chynal Lindsey was found by a wildlife warden in White Rock Lake in Dallas on Saturday evening. The body showed “obvious signs of homicidal violence” according to the Dallas police chief. Lindsey is the fourth trans woman to be killed in the area recently following the shooting death of 22-year-old Muhlaysia Booker last month. Booker’s death is being investigated as a hate crime.
In a press conference after the discovery of Chynal Lindsey, the Dallas Police Department announced plans to bring in assistance from federal law enforcement and reinforced the need for anyone in the community with information about the death to come forward.
“We are asking for our community’s assistance in this in this tragic event,” the police chief said. “We don’t have all the answers and we’re looking for community if you have any information relative to where she was last seen, who she left with, who she frequently had contact with we’re asking that you contact the Dallas police department.”
It is not clear yet whether any of the deaths are directly linked, but officers are exploring whether the attacks could be connected. An FBI spokeswoman told ABC News that the bureau is “prepared to assist” if it becomes clear that there could be “a potential federal civil rights violation” implicated by the attacks.
“The FBI is committed to investigating all federal crimes and providing assistance to our local partners when asked,” the spokeswoman said. “We will continue to work with the Dallas Police Department as well as all our community partners to address any concerns. If in the course of the local investigation, information comes to light of a potential federal civil rights violation, the FBI is prepared to assist.”