ROLLA, Missouri- Phelps County authorities say 27 year-old Brandy R. Steinke of Venus Texas is the woman who was found deceased alongside I-44 last weekend. Her family has been notified before the announcement was made Friday.

Authorities haven’t said if she leaves children.

Steinke was discovered unresponsive on the shoulder of I-44 near the 171 mile marker early Saturday morning. The cause of death has not been listed and the Sheriff’s Office says they have been treating this as a homicide investigation. Photos of tattoos had been released to the public in an attempt to identify the woman.

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Deputies asked anyone with information to contact the Phelps County Sheriff’s Department Criminal Investigation Unit at (573) 426-3860 or the Missouri State Highway Patrol Division of Drug and Crime Control at (573) 368-2345.