DEVELOPING: Body of missing pregnant woman found on a deserted road, police say

Makayla Winston was reportedly due to give birth on Thursday

Police officials in Mississippi confirmed Tuesday that the boyfriend of a pregnant woman found dead Monday is in custody.

According to the Mississippi Clarion Ledger, Holmes County Sheriff Willie March said Terrence K. Sample, 33, was booked into jail but has not officially been charged with a crime. March revealed that law enforcement are awaiting a cause of death and to consult with a judge.

Sample is reportedly the boyfriend of Makayla Winston, 21, who was found dead Monday afternoon on Franklin Road in Holmes County. Winston, who was due to give birth this Thursday, left her home in Goodman last Thursday and didn’t return, according to reports.

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The deceased woman’s mother previously told WLBT that she was on her way to show the baby’s father a sonogram when she vanished.

March said a worker found Winston’s body after seeing birds swarming over it. The discovery of Winston’s body came 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.

Her car, which was located approximately five miles from where she would be found dead, was discovered near a white SUV matching the description of a vehicle owned by Sample, according to the Ledger.

March revealed that Winston’s radio was stolen from a vehicle to make it appear like a robbery. He claimed witnesses recounted seeing a man and a woman talking near the two parked cars.

According to WLBT, the sheriff also said Winston’s cellphone was located in the grass near the vehicle but it had been erased. Investigators are reportedly in the process of trying to recover text messages from the phone.

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[Featured image: Makayla Winston/National Center for Missing and Exploited, WLBT video screenshot]