MCDONALD COUNTY, Mo. (KFVS) - Authorities believe they have identified a woman whose body was found near a suitcase along the road in July and say her three small children are missing.
The McDonald County Sheriff’s Office said they tentatively identified the woman as 25-year-old Jessica McCormack.
Deputies say, according to friends, she has not been seen since around the middle of July.
They say after the initial discovery of the body, they followed several leads. During the investigation, they determined a woman from Noel had not been heard from for about a month but authorities were not notified by anyone of any concerns that she was missing.
Due to the condition of the body, investigators said they were caution, not wanting to misidentify her. After a re-examination of the body, they say they have strong evidence to believe that the body is McCormack. They said formal identification will not be complete until dental records and DNA samples are confirmed.
Deputies say McCormack’s three small children have not been seen since her disappearance.
They are asking for the public’s help in finding them. They are 4-year-old Siah Casillas, 20-month-old Saidah Noor and 7-month-old Intisar Mahamed.
According to deputies, her friends say all three kids were last seen on or around July 3.
Deputies say one of the father has came forward and talked to investigators.
The sheriff’s office said they entered the children as missing and possibly endangered into the national system and are working with the Missouri State Highway Patrol to determine the appropriate alert. They are also working with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
According to the McDonald County Sheriff’s Office, deputies were called to Highway 59 between Noel and Ginger Blue on Monday, July 29 for a possible body found on a steep hillside along the road.
They said the body was found by a local man bicycling through the area.
Deputies say the body of a woman had been there for an unknown amount of time. Along with the body was a suitcase they believe she had been put into.
An autopsy was scheduled for Tuesday and the case is being treated as a homicide.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the sheriff’s office at 417-223-4318 and ask for an investigator.