Body found in McDonald County, homicide investigation underway

Update: Sheriff Hall says they believe the body was inside of the suitcase originally and that due to deterioration of the suitcase, the body eventually fell out. Hall says they are investigating multiple theories as to how the body got there.

Update: McDonald County Coroner William Goodwin III says the body is in advanced stages of decomposition. He estimates that the body has been there for around a month or so. Authorities don’t know the age or identity yet.

Authorities are investigating a female body found on a hillside north of Shady Beach Campground.

On Monday, July 29th, the McDonald County Sheriff’s Office was called to Highway 59 between Noel and Ginger Blue. A body had been found by a local man that was bicycling through the area.

Deputies arrived and located a female body that had been there for an unknown amount of time.

Sheriff Hall says the body was found on a steep hillside. Up the hill from the body was a suitcase in which investigators believe the female had been put into.

An autopsy is scheduled for today in Springfield. Authorities are treating the case as a homicide at this time.

An identification has not been made yet due to the amount of time the body has been out in the elements, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

If anyone has information about this case, please contact the McDonald County Sheriff’s Office through its dispatch center 417-223-4318 and ask for an investigator.

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