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UPDATE: Body of missing woman found in Waynesville late Friday

Friday, August 9, 2013 | 9:26 p.m. CDT; updated 3:22 p.m. CDT, Saturday, August 10, 2013

COLUMBIA — Search crews located the body of a missing woman in Waynesville on Friday night. She had been missing since Tuesday.

Lawson Smith, emergency management director for Pulaski County, confirmed Jessica Lee’s family had identified her body, which was taken to a Waynesville chapel.

Lee’s family now has closure, Smith said.

Lee, 23, had been missing since Tuesday when she was caught in flash flooding while driving in Waynesville. The body of her 4-year-old son, Elyjah M. Lee, was found earlier this week.

The Boone County Fire Protection District and Missouri Task Force 1 sent a search and rescue team to Pulaski County at about 10 a.m. Friday. They searched throughout the daylight hours and found Lee's body late Friday evening.

“Our crews are headed home, and they won’t be returning tomorrow,” said Gale Blomenkamp, spokesman for the Boone County Fire Protection District.

The Pulaski County Sheriff's Department is expected to release more information Saturday morning.

Supervising editor is Shaina Cavazos.


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