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.


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.