SHANNON COUNTY, Mo. – Human remains were discovered around 11 am on January 12 by a MoDOT worker who was mowing along westbound US 60 about 2 miles away from Winona.

Shannon County authorities say the remains are of a female aged approximately 55-65 years old.

An autopsy is set for Friday, January 14, and the Sheriff’s Office says they will release details of her clothing tomorrow if identification cannot be made through fingerprinting.

The Sheriff’s Office says the cold and freezing weather makes it difficult to determine how long the remains have been in that area, but they estimate roughly 3-4 weeks.

Shannon County deputies and Missouri State Highway Patrol are investigating the area together.