The body of a missing Missouri woman has been found along a rural highway nearly a month after she vanished, but questions remain about her mysterious disappearance.
The Mississippi County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement that the body of Madisson Lambert, 24, had been discovered near Highway BB Saturday around 2:30 p.m.
Authorities said the cause of death remains “unclear” and authorities are waiting for the results of an autopsy to determine more about the 24-year-old’s final moments.
Lambert disappeared on Dec. 26.
Not long after she disappeared, her vehicle was located just outside East Prairie on County Road 535 in a drainage ditch and appeared to be “wrecked,” according to a statement from the Mississippi County Sheriff’s Office.
Deputies did not find any evidence around the vehicle that would suggest “foul play,” but Lambert was nowhere to be found despite an “extensive ground search of the immediate area where her vehicle was located,” authorities said.
On Jan. 18, the sheriff’s office executed a search warrant at the home of a man named Greg Bugg as part of the continued effort to find the missing woman. According to investigators, Lambert was last seen at the Bugg residence with her boyfriend Micah Haddock, who she had been seeing for “several months.”
Authorities discovered Lambert’s scrapbook inside the residence and said they believed she had been inside the home before she disappeared. She was last seen riding around with a third man, Jacob “Bitsy” McDermott, according to authorities.
While investigators were inside the property, they arrested three people—identified by the sheriff’s department as Robbie Skaggs, Cleon Milton and Kenny Thomas—for alleged possession of several grams of methamphetamine.
No other arrests were made.
Less than a week later, Lambert’s body was discovered in the rural area, although investigators have provided few details about how it may have gotten there or whether they suspect foul play.
Before her body was discovered, Lambert’s aunt Marsha Keene-Frye spoke with local station KFVS and described her niece as a beloved mother, daughter, granddaughter and aunt who was deeply missed by her family.
“Madisson is a beautiful young woman with a life ahead of her,” she said.
Keene-Frye said the family was looking for answers to be able to provide to Lambert’s daughter, who the 24-year-old had loved “furiously.”
“One or more people know where Madisson is and know what happened to Madisson,” she said at the time.
Mississippi County Sheriff Britton Ferrell also urged anyone with information about the case to come forward.
“Somebody knows what happened that night,” he told the local station. “If they hear anything, just let us know.”
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