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A missing Peoria woman whose body was found stuck in a farmer's combine in a central Illinois cornfield died from multiple gunshot wounds.

Results of a Wednesday autopsy by the Peoria County coroner on 24-year-old Tashyra McDowell. A farmer harvesting corn found McDowell's body on Tuesday. McDowell was the mother of a 7-year-old autistic son, who was found unattended Monday morning in Peoria. Later that day McDowell's car was found abandoned.

McDowell's mother, Twila Rutherford, says she last had contact with her daughter Friday. McDowell's son is now with Rutherford, who says the boy was her daughter's "pride and joy."

It took authorities about two hours to disassemble the picker to remove McDowell's body. Peoria County authorities are investigating.

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