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Authorities seek identity of woman's body discovered in Pemiscot County

Sunday, June 11, 2006

CARUTHERSVILLE -- Authorities are seeking information on a dead woman found Friday near a cotton field.

An death investigation by the Pemiscot County Sheriff's Office and the Missouri State Highway Patrol's Division of Drug and Crime Control began at 11:34 a.m. Friday after the sheriff's office received a call from a farmer advising he had located a decomposing body in a tree line next to his cotton field on County Road 556.

Deputies and investigators arrived and found the body of an black female, possibly in her 30s or 40s, lying in the weeds. The body appeared to have been there approximately a week or longer, according to authorities.

No positive identification has been made and a cause of death has not been determined. An autopsy is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. today in Farmington during which authorities hope to gather more evidence and identify the woman.

Sheriff Tommy Greenwell said in a press release that his department is working with all surrounding agencies including in surrounding states to match any missing females with the body and that more information will follow.