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DeSoto County officials identify decomposed body

(WMC-TV) – DeSoto County officials have confirmed that a body found earlier this week was a woman who had been missing since September.

The badly decomposed body of Sherry Smith Percival was found in a rural area on Jan. 31 in an isolated area, according to coroner Jeff Pounders.

DeSoto County Sheriff Bill Rasco confirmed Percival was murdered.  Investigators would not reveal much information about the investigation.  They would not say how she was murdered.

Rasco said people should not be worried at this time.

"I'm saying the public should not be alarmed by anything that could happen at this time," said Rasco.

A surveyor discovered the body in a rural area not far from the Handshake Lounge, a bar that Percival used to frequent. The 50-year-old was last seen at the bar in Eudora in June.

Rasco said there are several persons of interest in this case, but would not give details.

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