Death investigated as homicide as troopers attempt to determine her whereabouts before Sunday discovery.

MEADVILLE — Pennsylvania State Police investigators are attempting to determine the whereabouts of a Crawford County woman in the hours before she was found dead along a rural road near Cochranton on Sunday morning.


Investigators identified the woman on Monday as Destine R. Conyers, 21, whose last known address was in Townville, Crawford County.


State police said they are investigating Conyer’s death as a homicide. An autopsy is scheduled in Erie County on Thursday.


According to Capt. Kirk Reese, commander of state police Troop E in Lawrence Park Township, a passerby traveling along Mule Street, which runs east from Route 19 in Fairfield Township, south of Meadville, spotted a body along a gas well pull-off and contacted authorities on Sunday. Emergency responders who went to the scene found Conyers dead and determined she had suffered from an apparent gunshot wound, state police reported Sunday.


Crawford County Coroner Scott Schell said he pronounced Conyers dead at the scene at 9:10 a.m. Sunday.


The area where the body was found was shut down as state police remained on the scene Sunday. Investigators have since released the scene, Reese said.


Conyers was not reported missing before she was found Sunday, Reese said. Investigators are trying to track down her whereabouts on Saturday night and into Sunday morning, he said.


Members of the state police Troop E Major Case Team are investigating the death in coordination with the Crawford County District Attorney’s Office and Crawford County Coroner’s Office. Anyone with information that could assist in the investigation is asked to contact state police in Meadville at 814-332-6911.


Contact Tim Hahn at thahn@timesnews.com. Follow him on Twitter @ETNhahn.