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Woman found dead alongside I-44 had been killed in crash days earlier

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Gretchen Roberdes and her husband Ronnie Stubbs (Family photo) Gretchen Roberdes and her husband Ronnie Stubbs (Family photo)

ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) – Police have identified the woman who was found dead on the side of eastbound Interstate 44 at Lafayette Street on St. Patrick’s Day.

A utility worker found Gretchen Roberdes, 44, of St. Peters, dead on the side of the roadway around 12 p.m. She reportedly had injuries to her torso and head.

An investigation revealed Roberdes’ 2002 Hyundai Elantra struck the guard rail and the ramp, ejecting her from the vehicle, two days before her body was found.

"When there is a car accident, I would hope they put more effort into looking around and not just assume they left the car there and took off," says Ronnie Stubbs, Roberdes’ husband. 

Stubbs questions how police handled his wife's investigation. He says he first of his wife's fatal car crash on Friday, although it happened two days earlier. He says his wife left for Kansas City Tuesday night. 

"She was overwhelmed basically with the kids. She needed a break," he says. 

He says he last heard from her by text Wednesday. On Friday. his sister-in-law filed a missing persons report. 

"Police came over here to ask me questions where she might have gone and then they let me know that she as in an accident," he says. 

He doesn't know why she was in St. Louis instead of Kansas City when her car hit a guardrail on a ramp from Eastbound 44 to Lafayette Avenue. Rescuers went to the crash site, but only found the empty car. 

Two days later, police say a utility worker found the victim. 

"I was told by one of the officers you practically would have to had walked up on the body to find her," says Col. Jerry Leyshock. 

Police say they followed protocol. 

"I would tell you that every police officer is going to still look and make sure we don't have the driver or passenger thrown out of the car," he says. 

Stubbs says he is still processing what happened. "I honestly hope, my only hope is that she didn't get out there and suffer." 

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