Columbia woman is homicide victim

Autopsy results show Satina Beckner died from blunt force trauma.

Updated: Friday, October 11 at 4:55 p.m.:

A man who investigators said murdered a Columbia woman in cooper county had an off and on relationship with her.

As we have been reporting, a passerby found the body of Satina Beckner, 32, in a ditch Wednesday morning.

Bryant Holmes, 23, is sitting in the Cooper County Jail facing charges of first degree murder and armed criminal action with a $500,000 bond.

Investigators said Holmes murdered Beckner on Crab Orchard Road south of Boonville. Authorities believe Holmes drove Beckner to a rural part of Crab Orchard Road south of Interstate 70 some time between Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.

Autopsy results show Beckner died from blunt force trauma.

Officers said they have a significant amount of physical evidence against Holmes. According to Becknerâ??s Facebook page, she is the cousin of Treveon Martin who was the teenager murdered in June at Columbiaâ??s McKee Park. Cooper County Sheriff Jerry Wolfe said the motive at this time is undetermined as the investigation is continuing.

Updated: Friday, October 11 at 6:30 a.m.:

The Cooper County Sheriff's office arrested Bryant Holmes Jr., 23, of Columbia in connection to the murder of Satina Beckner.

Original story:

The Cooper County Sheriff's Office on Thursday identified a woman found dead near Boonville as Satina T. Beckner, 32, of Columbia.

The sheriff's office identified Beckner on its Facebook page Thursday afternoon. An earlier post said it was "readily apparent" her death was a homicide.

Several friends online posted tributes. Angie Gray created a cover photo tribute to her friend, also known as Satina Wills. On that post, Debra Hammons replied, "My baby girl was taken to (sic) soon from me who ever (sic) did this will be caught."

Beckner's body was found by a passerby Wednesday morning in Cooper County off Crab Orchard Road. The Cooper County Sheriff is working with the Division of Drug and Crime Control and the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

Sheriff Jerry Wolfe said his office is pursuing several leads, but they have not yet identified a suspect. Sheriff Wolfe said he believes the incident may lead law enforcement agencies back to the Columbia area, but that it isn't yet clear if Beckner was killed in Boonville or somewhere else.