COOPER COUNTY, Mo. – At approximately 10:30 p.m. on December 13, 2018, troopers responded to a traffic crash on Interstate 70, near the 96-mile marker, in Cooper County.

Upon arrival, officers discovered the body of Melissa A. Peskey, 40, of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, deceased in the driver’s seat. On December 17, 2018, an autopsy was performed on the victim at the Boone County Medical Examiner’s Office in Columbia, Missouri. Preliminary results of the investigation at the scene and autopsy indicate that the victim died of a gunshot wound, from a weapon fired from outside the vehicle.

The investigation is ongoing, and anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact the Missouri State Highway Patrol at 573-751-1000.