Authorities searching for clues after woman's body found in Holts Summit

More than a dozen law enforcement officers - including Holts Summit police, Jefferson City police, Callaway County Sheriff's deputies and the Missouri Highway Patrol - begin searching the area where a woman's body was found in Holts Summit.

More than a dozen law enforcement officers - including Holts Summit police, Jefferson City police, Callaway County Sheriff's deputies and the Missouri Highway Patrol - begin searching the area where a woman's body was found in Holts Summit.

Update: 2:35 p.m.

At least 13 officers are searching the grassy field next to ExxonMobil gas station and convenience store on the east side of U.S. Highway 54 in Holts Summit after a finding a woman's body there this morning.

A white, female body was found by an Exxon employee in Holts Summit at 11:28 a.m. Thursday, authorities told the Fulton Sun at the crime scene.

Jefferson City and Holt Summit police departments are on scene along with the Callaway County Sheriff's Office and Missouri Highway Patrol Division of Drug and Crime.

It appears she was in a grassy area next to a gravel parking lot where four tractor-trailers, a service truck and other trailers were parked.

Authorities first told the Fulton Sun the woman appeared to be middle aged, but later said the age was unknown after moving and assessing the body. About 2:25 p.m. authorities backed a white minivan up to the body to remove it, Dori Burke, chief forensic investigator with the Boone and Callaway Medical Examiner's office, had already been on scene.

Holts Summit Police Department Sgt. Marc Haycook told the Sun that police plan to review the cameras at Exxon. Authorities are unclear how long she was there, but noted the body does not seem very decomposed. Haycook said Missouri Highway Patrol is going to examine the physical evidence because that agency has more resources.

After removing the woman's body, authorities began searching the area around where she was found.

No other information is available at this time, but check back with the Fulton Sun and News Tribune for updates as more information becomes available.

Haycook said the Holts Summit Police Department would hold a press conference between 3:15 and 3:30 p.m. today to discuss more details.

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