The haunting story of a young woman left on the side of a highway late at night in northern Mexico ended in sorrow,

with her decomposing body found in a subterranean water tank at a motel.

Assistant Public Safety Secretary Ricardo Mejia said Friday that the woman's body

apparently unrecognizable after what may have been nearly two weeks in the water

had a crucifix necklace and clothing that Debanhi Escobar was wearing the night she disappeared.

Despite what authorities in the border state of Nuevo Leon described as a massive search for her,

the story ended the way it often does in Mexico: when her body was found by local people.

"The alert was sounded by hotel workers, because of the fetid odors coming from the area," Mejia said.

State prosecutors later said they had confirmed the body was Escobar's.

Escobar's case made headlines because of a haunting photo taken by a driver who was supposed to take her home that night.

Debanhi Escobar Found Dead