McDonald County investigators locate 3 missing kids; mother identified in death investigation

McDonald County Sheriff's Office

NOEL, Mo. -- The McDonald County Sheriff's Office identified a woman found alongside a highway in July. And investigators say they found her three children safe.

Investigators say Jessica McCormack's body was found along Highway 59 near Noel. Her body was lying next to an open suitcase. Investigators put out an Endangered Person Advisory for her three kids after identifying her Thursday afternoon. The kids Siah Casillas, 4, Saidah Noor, 1 and infant Intisar Mahamed had not been seen since July 3. Authorities found them safe in Iowa Thursday night.

After the initial discovery of the body, investigators followed several leads. During the investigation, it was determined McCormack had not been heard from for approximately a month, but authorities were not notified by anyone of any concerns that she was missing. Due to the condition of the body investigators were cautious, not wanting to misidentify her.

Formal identification will not be complete until dental records and DNA samples are confirmed.

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


McDonald County Sheriff's Office