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Updated at 9:30 p.m.: Cape Girardeau police were searching for a suspect Wednesday evening in the death of a woman whose body was found by a roadside off U.S. 51 near Makanda.

The woman was identified as Marsha Ann Brown, 40, of Cape Girardeau, according to JacksonCounty sheriff’s deputies and Coroner Thomas Kupferer. An autopsy was conducted Wednesday, but JacksonCounty authorities did not release a cause of death or other details.

In Cape Girardeau late Wednesday afternoon, a unit from that city’s police department went to the Brent House Apartments, 716 N. Sprigg St., in an attempt to execute an arrest warrant, the Southeast Missourian newspaper reported.

An officer at the scene confirmed the person police were seeking was connected to Brown’s death and said the suspect “could be dangerous,” according to a story by Emily Priddy of the Southeast Missourian.

Brown’s body was discovered at 9:40 a.m. Tuesday by a passer-by on Potters Road, 50 yards west of its intersection with U.S. 51.

Ethan Hall of Makanda found Brown’s body lying with her knees bent upward in some brush off an embankment a few feet from Potters Road. Another witness said she was wearing jeans, tennis shoes and a pink jacket.

Authorities said the body had been at the scene for less than 24 hours. Tire tracks could be seen leading from the body back to Potters Road in the direction of highway.

The Southeast Missourian reported online court records showed that in 2009, a Marsha Ann Brown of Cape Girardeau was served with an order of protection.

In May 2009, Brown consented to a full order of protection for one year, but the petitioner moved to terminate the order in March 2010, two months before it was set to expire. It was not immediately clear who the petitioner was or how Brown and the petitioner were connected.

Online court records from a 1999 traffic citation show the same Marsha Ann Brown also was known as Marsha A. Headrick.

A birth announcement printed Friday in the Southeast Missourian lists Marsha Brown-Headrick of Cape Girardeau as the grandmother of a baby born Dec. 29.

Updated at 8:35 p.m.: A body found Tuesday in Makanda has been identified as Marsha Ann Brown, 40, of Cape Girardeau, according to Jackson County sheriff’s deputies and Coroner Thomas Kupferer.

Brown’s body was discovered at 9:40 a.m. Tuesday by a passerby on Potters Road, 50 yards west of its intersection with U.S. 51.

An autopsy was conducted Wednesday, but JacksonCounty authorities did not release a cause of death or other details. They cited a continuing death investigation.

It appears a criminal investigation is under way. A Cape Girardeau-based television station, KFVS-12, on Wednesday reported federal agents and Cape police officers surrounded an apartment building in that Missouri city Wednesday afternoon.

The newscasters reported investigators said the effort was in connection with a JacksonCounty death investigation. Authorities did not announce an arrest.

Ethan Hall of Makanda found Brown’s body lying with her knees bent upward in some brush off an embankment a few feet from Potters Road. Another witness said she was wearing jeans, tennis shoes and a pink jacket.

Authorities said the body had been at the scene for less than 24 hours. Tire tracks could be seen leading from the body back to Potters Road in the direction of highway.

The Southeast Missourian, a Cape Girardeau-based newspaper, on Tuesday reported online court records showed that in 2009, a Marsha Ann Brown of Cape Girardeau was served with an order of protection.

In May 2009, Brown consented to a full order of protection for one year, but the petitioner moved to terminate the order in March 2010, two months before it was set to expire. It was not immediately clear who the petitioner was or how Brown and the petitioner were connected.

Online court records from a 1999 traffic citation show the same Marsha Ann Brown also was known as Marsha A. Headrick.

A birth announcement printed Friday in the Southeast Missourian lists Marsha Brown-Headrick of Cape Girardeau as the grandmother of a baby born Dec. 29.

Original from 2:05 p.m.: Marsha Ann Brown, 40, of Cape Girardeau has been identified by Jackson County Sheriff's Office as the woman whose body was found on Potters Road on U.S. 51 South in Makanda.

Brown's body was discovered by passers-by Tuesday morning. 

An autopsy is being conducted today to confirm cause of death. 

Other details surrounding the death are being withheld at this time so as not to interfere with the ongoing investigation. 

Jackson County Sheriff's Office is working with Missouri law enforcement, Carbondale and Murphysboro police departments, the Illinois State Police Crime Scene Services and the Jackson County Coroner's Office.

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