COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) - Lowndes County Coroner Greg Merchant says a body found Thursday along a rural road has been identified as 36-year-old Sharon Beard of Columbus.
Merchant tells WCBI-TV that Beard had been shot to death. He says relatives reported seeing her last at 10 p.m. Wednesday.
Sheriff's Chief Deputy Greg Wright said Beard was spotted by a passing motorist at about 6 a.m. Thursday in a gravel pull-off near Steens in eastern Lowndes County.
Wright says the case is under investigation.
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