Man says no bruises or blood on woman's body found next to I-44 in Phelps County

Published: Oct. 5, 2016 at 10:55 PM CDT
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Thousands of cars travel Interstate 44 every day in Missouri. In the early morning hours on Saturday, Mike Wesolowski was one of those drivers when a grim scene flashed from the shoulder of the road just before exit 169 in Phelps County: a woman's body. "It was quite obvious she was deceased," he said.

At first, Wesolowski thought the woman, who remains unidentified, must have been hit by a car. He turned around at the next exit, called 911, pulled over when he got to the scene and rushed to a couple of other people who had stopped. At closer sight, he said it was clear the woman had not been struck by a vehicle.

"There was no obvious outward signs of trauma; there was no obvious broken bones," Wesolowsk explained. The woman's clothes were not torn or ripped and "there was no bruising; there didn't appear to be any damage around her neck, like she had been strangled or anything."

Wesolowski is hoping someone who is missing her will know she was traveling on the interstate on October 3, or that they might recognize her through pictures investigators released. The photos are of three distinct tattoos--one on the woman's right foot and ankle, and one on her right and left shoulder blades. Detectives also described her as a white woman between the ages of 25 and 35, with dark hair dyed dark blue, and a large scar on her left inner left thigh.

Anyone with any information is urged to contact the Phelps County Sheriff's Department Criminal Investigations Unit at 573-426-3860, or the Missouri State Highway Patrol Division of Drug and Crime Control at 573-368-2345.

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