Someone with butchering skills may have been responsible for killing a Black Angus cow between 9 a.m. Wednesday and 9 a.m. Thursday in a field in the 2600 block of Warrensburg Road.
A man working for the farm-owner discovered a cow was missing Thursday morning when he took a head count. He found the carcass of the 500-pound cow while looking in the field, sheriff's Deputy Anthony Pruitt said in a report.
The animal had been gutted and the meat removed, the report said.
"Only hide and bone was left," the report said.
The farm worker saw footprints leading from the cow to a nearby wooded area.
A deputy who looked at the remains "saw that there was no blood on the ground around the carcass, which made me think it had been killed in another location and dropped there," the report said.
No footprints could be found because of snow on the ground, the report said.
The animal is valued at $900.
An investigation continues.