Authorities identify body found in Festus to be missing Pevely woman

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by KMOV.com Staff

KMOV.com

Posted on August 27, 2013 at 3:39 PM

Updated Tuesday, Aug 27 at 3:44 PM

(KMOV.com) – Authorities have identified a body found in Festus to be that of the missing 60-year-old Jefferson County woman.

During the large search effort for the woman, a canine team located a body in a heavily wooded-area near Scenic Drive and Brandon Wallace Drive Thursday morning.

The body was transported to the St. Louis County Medical Examiner’s Office where it was later identified as Deborah Rawlins, 60.

An autopsy was performed and confirmed that Rawlins died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The handgun and other personal belongings were located at the scene.

 No foul play was suspected in this incident.

Deborah Rawlins was last seen on August 17 walking on Highway 61-67 near her Pevely home. She reportedly suffered from Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.  Authorities said she left home without her medication.

News 4 later learned, Herculaneum Police stopped Rawlins as she was reportedly arguing with her husband on Highway 61-67 after she was reported missing.

She was armed with a handgun

Officers let her go, claiming she was competent at the time and did not see a need to detain her.

According to the report filed by her family, Rawlins was last seen wearing a gray sweatshirt, denim shorts, and was carrying a purple backpack at time she went missing.

Rawlins was reportedly traveling on foot and had very little money on her.

 

Further details into this investigation were not immediately known. 

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