Law enforcement have yet to identify a 35-40 year old African American female found Wednesday morning on Crab Orchard Road. Cooper County Sheriff Jerry Wolfe said they are ruling the incident a homicide.
An autopsy is being scheduled for Thursday. The Missouri State Highway Patrol is assisting in the investigation. The sheriff's department is also checking missing persons reports since the individual did not have any identification on her.
The investigation has continued through the night. Crab Orchard Road is now open after being closed for a better portion of Wednesday for the investigation.