KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- "She was always about expressing the love of family. I will always remember her as my mom," said Robert Terry about his mother-in-law, Bridget Watson.
Police say around noon last Friday several people saw Watson lying in the park. They thought she was asleep, but about three hours later police say young guys playing basketball approached the 51-year-old woman and discovered she was dead.
"It's extremely hard for all of us. We miss her so much," Terry said. "She was healthy and right now there is a big question mark."
Watson's relatives said she didn't have any prior health issues. Moreover, police don't suspect foul play and say the summer heat may have contributed to Watson's death.
Watson leaves behind many loved ones, including two daughters, ages 26 and 32, and a loving mother. Watson was discovered dead one day before her mother's birthday.
"We didn't hear from her and we wondered why? Our family has experienced a lot of losses in the past and this quite frankly is just hard on everybody especially her mother," said Terry.
"It's hard right now, but our God will carry us through this and all of our questions, including how Bridget died and why was she at that park in the first place, will be answered."
Autopsy results could take several weeks to come back, officials said.