Missing woman's death being investigated as a homicide

By Denise Jackson

September 12, 2012 Updated Sep 12, 2012 at 7:35 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- The Peoria County Coroner says 24-year-old Tashyra McDowell died of multiple gunshot wounds.

A farmer discovered McDowell's body in a cornfield in rural Edelstein on Tuesday afternoon when it became entangled in a corn picker he was operating.

Authorities are not saying whether that is where McDowell was shot or if her body was dumped there.

Peoria Police Captain Mike Scally says McDowell told friends she was going shopping Friday evening with her 7-year-old son. When she failed to return home, her family reported her missing.

Peoria County Deputy Chief Joe Needham says McDowell's body was found in a remote area and a house nearby was vacant.

"You try to get as much as you can as quick as you can basically that's what we're trying to do right now. We've solved crimes where people have been found in cornfields and dropped off on sides of roads. We've got good investigators in this department and they'll do a good job," Needham said.

On Monday, Peoria police found McDowell's son Marcus, who is autistic, on New York Avenue. The vehicle she was driving was discovered later later that day in the 400 block of Richard Pryor Place.

Anyone with information on the homicide is asked to call the Peoria County Sheriff's Department at 697-7822 or Crime Stoppers 673-9000.

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