Body found south of Boonville identified as Columbia woman

Thursday, October 10, 2013 | 6:11 p.m. CDT; updated 7:07 p.m. CDT, Thursday, October 10, 2013

COLUMBIA — Investigators identified the homicide victim found along a road south of Boonville on Wednesday morning as a Columbia woman.

The victim has been identified as 32-year-old Satina T. Beckner, according to a post on the Cooper County Sheriff Office's Facebook page.

When law officers arrived on the scene, it was "readily apparent that the female was a homicide victim," according to the Facebook page.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol and deputies from the Sheriff's Department found the body on the side of Crab Orchard Road, south of Interstate 70 near Highway 87, at 8:29 a.m., according to the Highway Patrol.

The Boone County medical examiner and the Cooper County coroner performed an autopsy together in Columbia on Thursday.

Representatives of the Cooper County Sheriff's Department and the Highway Patrol would not provide any additional information. 

Neither the Columbia Police Department nor the Boone County Sheriff's Department were involved in the investigation, according to representatives from both departments.

"I'm not aware of any work CPD is doing on this case right now," Columbia Police Sgt. Joe Bernhard said. "But if Cooper County or the highway patrol calls our detectives, I'm sure we'd be willing to help."

Those with information about or who were in the area at the time of the incident are asked to call the Highway Patrol Division of Crime Control at 751-1000 or the Cooper County Sheriff's Department at 660-882-2771.

Supervising editor is John Schneller.

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