Authorities in Southeast Iowa are conducting an investigation after a body of an elderly woman was located along the side of the roadway early Sunday morning. At around 1:30 A.M. The Mahaska County Sheriff’s office received a call reporting that a body was found laying on the shoulder of the road in the 2500 block of Hwy 163 near Pella. The name or cause of death is not known at this time. The body has been sent to the Iowa state Medical Examiner’s office in Ankeny where an autopsy will be performed. The Sheriff’s Office says that they believe that there is no immediate danger to the public.