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      Homicide investigation in Cooper County

      UPDATE: The Cooper County Sheriff's Office has identified the woman whose body was found along Crab Orchard Road Wednesday morning. She has been identified as 32-year-old Satina T. Beckner of Columbia Missouri

      The investigation into her death is ongoing but it is considered a homicide.

      ORIGINAL STORY:

      The Missouri State Highway Patrol needs the public??s help to identify a body found Wednesday morning in Cooper County.

      Troopers responded to the area of Crab Orchard Road around 9 a.m. after someone reported seeing the body of a 35 to 40 year-old black female on the side of the road.

      The Cooper County Sheriff said it quickly became apparent that the woman was killed.They are investigating the case as a homicide 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 the woman was killed in Boonville or somewhere else.

      Sheriff Wolfe said the woman's body will be autopsied Thursday, which may help provide law enforcement with some clues to her identity.

      If anyone has information on the possible identity of the individual or if they were in the area of Crab Orchard Road in the last 24 hours, they are asked to call the Missouri State Highway Patrol Division of Crime Control at 573-751-1000 or contact the Cooper County Sheriff??s Department at 660-882-2771