Troop F still chasing leads for December homicide

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COOPER COUNTY - Two months later and no arrests have been made related to the homicide of a Sioux Falls woman who was driving through Missouri on I-70.

Missouri State Highway Patrol troopers found the body of 40-year-old Melissa Peskey in a vehicle around mile marker 96 on Dec. 13.

What was thought to be a car crash turned out to be a homicide. An autopsy report by the Boone County Medical Examiner's Office determined Peskey died from a gunshot wound fired from outside the vehicle.

Highway patrol Sgt. Scott White said, as of Thursday, there were 139 leads in the case, which is unusual.

"This is not a case that you would see every day," he said.

White said he does not know whether or not Peskey was targeted or her death was random.

"What we can say is this was not an accident," White said. "This was not an errant hunter's bullet going across the highway."

Peskey was a mother of two and a realtor in the Sioux Falls area. 

CBS affiliate KELO talked to her husband, Ryan Peskey, when the shooting happened. He said investigators told him he is a person of interest in his wife's death.

KELO also reports the children are in his custody. 

KOMU 8 News previously interviewed one of Peskey's friends, who described the victim as "the most amazing person," and someone who improved the lives of those she loved.

White said he's hopeful the case will be resolved. He is asking anyone with information to call 573-751-1000.