Updated: Name released in fatal shooting outside Kirksville

Authorities investigating the death of a white female on Rye Creek Road (KTVO)

UPDATE: Adair County Coroner Brian Noe identifies the woman who was fatally shot Wednesday as Mary Louise Rogers, 60, of Kirksville.

Noe told KTVO her death remains under investigation. He said an autopsy is scheduled for Thursday morning at the State Medical Examiner's Office in Columbia.

Adair County Sheriff Robert Hardwick said it appeared Rogers had been shot twice.

Investigators are still trying to figure out if she shot herself or if someone else pulled the trigger.

At this time, no one is in custody in connection with Rogers' death.

Hardwick said the time of death is unknown. He is hoping the autopsy will help investigators answer that question.

Authorities are at the scene of a death investigation underway on 22217 Rye Creek Road, which is just northwest of Kirksville.

A Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper and an Adair County sheriff's deputy told KTVO the deceased person is a white female.

A call came in across the scanner around 1:45 p.m. of a gunshot death.

Around four trooper vehicles, three sheriff vehicles, an ambulance, and the coroner’s vehicle were all at the scene.

Adair County Coroner Brian Noe told KTVO late Wednesday afternoon that a woman who lived at the home was found dead from an apparent gunshot wound.

Noe said law enforcement officers recovered a small-caliber handgun that was near the body.

Another female discovered the body down a path near a pond on the property after she was unable to locate the woman inside the home.

No name is being released at this time.

The Adair County Sheriff's Office and Missouri State Highway Patrol are investigating to determine if the death was a suicide or homicide.

KTVO will bring you more details when they are available.

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