Police investigating after body found along I-49 in Cass County

CASS COUNTY, Mo. -- The Cass County Sheriff's Office is conducting an investigation after a body was found along Interstate 49 and Peculiar Drive, about 2 miles north of Harrisonville.

Investigators mark the road near where the body was discovered.

Investigators mark the road near where the body was discovered.

The body was discovered in a ditch by bicyclists between the southbound lanes of I-49 and Peculiar Drive around 11:30 a.m. Sunday, police said.

One lane of southbound I-49 was closed during the investigation; it has since been re-opened.

Police described the victim as a white female in her early 20s, but said they do not believe she is related to any ongoing investigations in the metro.

Investigators called it a "suspicious death" but did not give details as to a possible cause of death.

On Monday morning the Metro Squad was activated to assist in the investigation. The Metro Squad brings investigative resources from numerous metro law enforcement agencies.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS.