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Police investigate 92 clues

Police investigate 92 clues

January 4th, 2019 by Jenny Gray in Local News

Law enforcement investigators continue to follow a trail of clues in the murder of Melissa Peskey — and it's a long trail.

"As of yesterday, investigators are following up on 92 leads," said Sgt. Scott White, of the Missouri Highway Patrol.

Peskey, 40, of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, was found deceased in the driver's seat of her car Dec. 13 on Interstate 70 in Cooper County. Her two children, ages 5 and 11, were in the backseat unharmed.

At first, officers believed her death was associated with a traffic accident, but a Dec. 17 autopsy at the Boone County Medical Examiner's Office in Columbia proved differently. Peskey had died of a gunshot wound, and the weapon was fired from outside her car, police said.

Peskey was traveling east to North Carolina to visit family. Her children were placed in foster care while her husband, Ryan, was still in South Dakota.

Anyone with information in this case is encouraged to call the Highway Patrol at 573-751-1000.

"While we can't discuss specifics about Melissa's case, in these types of crimes, procedures are followed each time," White said of the investigation.

Procedures include securing, photographing and reconstructing the scene; obtaining statements and interviews; and following up on developed leads or sources of information.

"This investigation is ongoing," White added. "Any additional information will be released, as new details are discovered."

The family's GoFundMe page states Ryan Peskey returned home in November from military deployment in Afghanistan.