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Body found in McDonald County tentatively identified, kids found safe

MCDONALD COUNTY, Mo. - UPDATE: The McDonald County Sheriff's office says the children were found safe in Iowa. 

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Authorities tentatively identify the female body found in McDonald County as Jessica McCormack, 25, of Noel, Missouri. Her three children are also missing. According to her friends, her kids were last seen with Jessica on or around July 3, 2019. 

The kids are 4-year-old Siah Casillas, 20-month-old Saidah Noor, and 7-month-old Intisar Mahamed. 

The Sheriff’s Office has entered the kids as missing and possibly endangered into the national system. They're working with the Missouri State Highway Patrol to determine what type of alert is appropriate.

Media Release:

The McDonald County Sheriff’s Office has tentatively identified the female found alongside highway 59 between Lanagan and Noel as 25 year old, Jessica McCormack.  According to friends, Jessica, has not been seen since around the middle of July, 2019.  

After the initial discovery of the body, investigators followed several leads. During the investigation, it was determined that a female from Noel, had not been heard from for approximately a month, but authorities were not notified by anyone of any concerns that she was missing.

As the investigation unfolded investigators began gathering information about Jessica to determine if she was the victim.

Due to the condition of the body investigators were cautious not wanting to misidentify her.  After several days of investigation and a reexamination of the body, we have strong evidence to believe that the body is that of Jessica McCormack.

Formal identification will not be complete until dental records and dna samples are confirmed, but do have a dna sample from a family member at this time to compare and trying to get dental comparison xrays at this time also. 

Jessica McCormack’s family has been notified of the determination of the investigation.

Jessica has three small children that have not been seen since her disappearance. We are seeking the public’s assistance in trying to locate Jessica’s 3 kids.  According to her friends, all 3 kids were last seen with Jessica on or around July 3, 2019.

One of the fathers has come forward and filed a missing person endangered child report with our office.

Since all this information has come about quickly and we want to encourage anyone with information about Jessica or her 3 kids to come forward and speak with one of our investigators.  The kids are 4 year old Siah Casillas, 20 month old Saidah Noor, and 7 month old Intisar Mahamed. 

The Sheriff’s Office has entered the kids as missing and possibly endangered into the national system and we are working with the Missouri State Highway Patrol to determine what type of alert is appropriate.  

Michael S. Hall, Sheriff
McDonald County Sheriff Office
PO Box 68
300 E. 7th Street

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