UPDATE: Sioux Falls Realtor Died From Gunshot


UPDATED: 12:06 p.m. 

Melissa Peskey, who was a Sioux Falls realtor, was found dead in her car Thursday night along an interstate near Boonville, Missouri. 

An autopsy revealed she died from a gunshot wound. Investigators say a weapon was fired from outside the vehicle.

The Minnehaha County Sheriff’s office is helping with the investigation.

Her husband Ryan tells KELOLAND News Melissa and her two children were on their way to South Carolina when she was killed. Her two children are currently in foster care in Missouri.  

KELOLAND news spoke with Ryan Tuesday over the phone. He says he is a person of interest, because he didn’t pick up the phone right away when authorities called.

He also told us authorities in Missouri put the children in protective care because they do not have family in Missouri.  We reached out to Missouri’s Department of Social Services. They couldn’t talk specifically about this case, because it’s under investigation.  But they did tell us under normal circumstances, they would give children to a surviving parent. That isn’t the case when there’s a criminal investigation.   

Ryan also told us he will be in Missouri Wednesday for a hearing to bring his kids and his wife’s body back home.

So far, investigators have not released any information about possible suspects.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact the Missouri State Highway Patrol at (573) 751-1000.

9:07 a.m. 

Authorities in Missouri are investigating the death of a Sioux Falls woman that happened on Dec. 13 on Interstate 70 in Cooper County, Missouri.

A news release from the Missouri State Highway Patrol says an autopsy revealed Melissa Peskey, 40, of Sioux Falls, died of a gunshot wound. The weapon was fired from outside the vehicle, according to authorities.

At 10:30 p.m. on Dec. 13, troopers responded to a crash on Interstate 70 where they found Peskey dead in the driver’s seat.

The autopsy was complete on Sunday and an investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact the Missouri State Highway Patrol at (573) 751-1000.

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