'As a parent you'd rather be the one to go than live:' Mother searches for answers in daughter's mysterious death

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'As a parent you'd rather be the one to go than live:' Mother searches for answers in daughter's mysterious death

By Justin Schecker. CREATED Apr 3, 2014 - UPDATED: Apr 3, 2014

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Tucson Police need help from the public in piecing together the circumstances behind the suspicious death of 25-year-old woman.

Bethany Walker was reported missing in Tucson back on March 15, Tucson Police Sgt. Pete Dugan said. 

On March 17, authorities found Walker's body on top of a double-stack rail car in Mesquite, Texas near Dallas.

Walker's mother Noreene wants this mystery solved.

"I know she would not have gotten on top of that train at night with no shoes and there are other marks on her body and they wont tell me about it," she said. "As a parent you'd rather be the one to go than live through the pain of your child. It even hasn't all hit me."

Walker last saw her daughter when she dropped her off at the Regal Motel near the freeway on the night of Friday March 14. The next day she spoke to Bethany for the last time before her disappearance and suspicious death.

"Her last words were to me was mom, can you come and pick me up, I love you, you know," Walker said.

Walker tried calling back, but she couldn't get through to her daughter. Two days later on Monday March 17, a police officer knocked on her door.

"I was just getting ready to make a missing person's report and he told me that my daughter was dead and that they found her in Dallas, Texas," she said.

Bethany Walker struggled with substance abuse, bipolar disorder and ADHD, her mother told 9 On Your Side.

"The system is broken," Walker said. "This behavioral health system here. I've been trying for two years over to get help for her. Kind of fell on deaf ears and nobody would get her into a program to watch her."

"This is the end result of not having support," she added. 

Walker was in the process of moving into a new trailer, her mom said. She is also survived by two young children. 

"I told him that his momma took a trip to heaven, you know, and she was free to watch over him now," Noreen Walker said.

Bethany Walker is described as a white female, 5"6, 140 lbs., brown hair, brown eyes, wearing jeans and a long sleeve white shirt.

If you saw her or know what may have lead to the circumstances of Walker's death, you are encouraged to contact 911 or 88-CRIME.

Justin Schecker

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Justin Schecker reports for KGUN 9 ON Your Side at 5:00, 6:00 and 10:00. He joined KGUN9 in September of 2012 and spent his first year in Tucson covering overnight breaking news for Good Morning Tucson.