'Possible female' torso found in ditch south of Kennett

Partial body found in ditch south of Kennett

DUNKLIN COUNTY (KFVS) - The Dunklin County Sheriff's Office is investigating after a human torso was found in a ditch south of Kennett.

Dunklin County Sheriff Bob Holder says the body belongs to a "possible female." He says DNA testing will be done on the body.

The sheriff's office received a call just after 10 p.m. on Wednesday from two individuals who were frogging in a drainage ditch that runs parallel with County Road 551, also known as Johnson Island Road.

The sheriff's office reports the caller stated they found a body.

When deputies arrived on scene, they confirmed the body was that of a human torso.

The torso was removed from the ditch and given to Dunklin County Coroner James Powell.

Powell is working to obtain an autopsy and take measures to identify the body.

According to the coroner, an autopsy has been scheduled for Friday, July 3 at 9:30 a.m. in Farmington, Mo.

The Dunklin County Sheriff's Office and the Missouri Highway Division of Drug and Crime Control are investigating how the individual died.

A 46-year-old woman was reported missing from Kennett early this year, but authorities are not publicly speculating at this time whether the remains could be hers.

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