Authorities in Mississippi announced Monday that a pregnant woman who reportedly vanished Thursday has been found dead roughly six miles from an intersection where her car was discovered Friday.
Holmes County Sheriff Willie March said Makayla Winston, 21, who was nine months pregnant, was found on Franklin Road. Winston left her home in Goodman and didn’t return, according to WJTV.
Winston’s family said she was due to give birth on July 4. The slain woman’s mother previously told WLBT that she was on her way to show the baby’s father a sonogram when she vanished.
The discovery of the expectant mother’s body comes days after her car was reportedly located at the intersection Highway 14 and Interstate 55 in Holmes County. WJW reported the keys were found in the ignition.
“We understood that there was a white vehicle parked behind her, kind of like an SUV. But no one knows who was driving the SUV,” March previously said.
March said Winston’s cellphone was located in the grass near the vehicle but it had been erased, according to WLBT. The Clarion Ledger reported that investigators are in the process of trying to recover text messages from the phone.
Authorities reportedly haven’t identified any suspects and Winston’s death remains under investigation.
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[Featured image: Makayla Winston/National Center for Missing and Exploited, WLBT video screenshot]