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Grandmother's Body Found In Apartment 'Wrapped, Beat, Crated Up Like She Was Trash'

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A woman was found stabbed, beaten and wrapped up in plastic in her apartment weeks after her family had last heard from her.Wanda Threadgill, 45, was discovered in her South Los Angeles apartment yesterday morning after her niece broke down her aunt's door and discovered her body. Crystal Spradley told City News Service that she became worried after not hearing from her aunt for two weeks, so she and her boyfriend took matters into their own hands and broke into her apartment.

Her daughter Mayisha Montgomery described what they found in Threadgill's bedroom: "She was wrapped, beat, crated up like she was trash."

The coroner's office responded to the scene last night, according to KTLA. Homicide detectives are investigating, though they didn't comment on the case except to say her death was "suspicious" and they weren't sure how long she had been dead.

Spradley said her aunt was drawn to "dysfunctional men." She told CNS, "She never did drugs or nothing. She didn't deserve this. She just wanted to be loved."

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Threadgill was a mother of four and a grandmother of four. She worked as a security guard. Her daughter said, "She had friends, good family and job, people who loved her."

Threadgill would have turned 45 on December 4, but she might not have made it to 45. Her birthday was the day that family members started looking for her. Spradley was able to break into her aunt's voicemail, and that's when she realized that she hadn't been showing up for work, and that something was seriously wrong.

She told CNS, "I got that eerie feeling, and I knew something was wrong. I kept hoping and praying it was natural causes."

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