A suspect is in custody in connection with Wednesday??s discovery of a woman??s body in Cooper County.
23-year-old Bryant Holmes faces charges of first degree murder and armed criminal action and is currently being held on a $500,000 bond.
Investigators believe Holmes and the victim, 32-year-old Satina Beckner, had an intermittent relationship over the last couple of years. Investigators believe that sometime during the overnight hours of lateTuesday/early Wednesday, Holmes drove the victim to Crab Orchard Road located south of Boonville where the homicide is believed to have occurred. Both the victim and suspect were Columbia residents.
Officers gathered significant physical evidence during the investigation. An autopsy determined the cause of death to be blunt force trauma.
A motive for the murder is not yet known.