Missing woman's body found outside Chillicothe

By Joe Bennett

September 11, 2012 Updated Nov 6, 2013 at 4:29 PM CDT

PEORIA COUNTY, Ill -- Peoria County Coroner Johnna Ingersoll says Tayshyra McDowell's remains were discovered just after 12:00 p.m. Tuesday.

The body was discovered in a cornfield on Hallock Hallow Road one mile east of Route 40.

"The operator of the combine is very upset and praying for the family of this person found in the field today," Ingersoll says.

McDowell was last seen by family members on Friday. At the time, she was with her 7-year-old son.

 McDowell's car was found Monday night on the 400 block of Richard Pryor Place.

Her son was found alone in the east bluff.

Anyone with information on the disappearance and death of Tayshyra McDowell is encouraged to notify authorities.

We will have more information as it is made available.



There, she pronounced the 24-year-old woman deceased.

Ingersoll says the owner of the property was driving an eight-row combine that struck McDowell's remains.

At this time, the coroner has not determined the cause of death.

According to Peoria County Deputy Chief Joe Needham, "The farmer was using his corn-picker. It came to a halt when it jammed, and there was a body that was caught up in the corn-picker."

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