UPDATE: 2 face murder charge in Iowa woman's death

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CLARE, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) -- Authorities have charged two people with murder for the death of a central Iowa woman reported missing earlier this month.

The Iowa State Medical Examiner's Office on Monday identified the body found Saturday in a field near Clare was 26-year-old Jessica Gomez. Authorities said she was last seen the evening of August 4.

The Webster County Attorney's office on Monday charged 25-year-old Phillip Williams of Lafayette, Indiana, and 26-year-old Mackenzie Knigge of Clare, with first-degree murder.

The Webster County Sheriff's Office had reported Knigge missing one day after Gomez went missing. Authorities on August 10 reported she was found safe in Indiana.

Williams and Knigge are in custody in Indiana.
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State investigators say they have found a body in a rural area east of Clare in Webster County.

Authorities with the Webster County Sheriff's Office and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation are working to figure out the cause of death. They also say they are working to figure out the person's identity.

Investigators have scheduled an autopsy with the State Medical Examiner. Authorities say they will release the name of the victim after the autopsy and next of kin have been notified.

This past week, officials in Webster County said they were looking for Jessica Gomez and Mackenzie Knigge, both 26, who went missing earlier this month.

Knigge was found safe Thursday in Indiana. Gomez is still missing, but officials have not commented on whether her disappearance is connected to Sunday's discovery.