Columbus woman shooting victim

By The Associated Press

COLUMBUS — Lowndes County Coroner Greg Merchant says a body found Thursday along a rural road has been identified as 36-year-old Sharon Beard of Columbus.

Merchant tells WCBI-TV that Beard had been shot to death. He says relatives reported seeing her last at 10 p.m. Wednesday.

Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Greg Wright said Beard was spotted by a passing motorist at about 6 a.m. Thursday in a gravel pull-off near Steens in eastern Lowndes County.

Wright says the case is under investigation.