Missing Mom's Body Discovered In Car Under Suspicious Circumstances [UPDATED]
The body of a 31-year-old mother who went missing a week ago was found in her car on Tuesday, less than a mile away from her Monrovia home, family and friends say.
The L.A. County Sheriff's Department has not identified the body in the car as belonging to Lajoya McCoy, though friends and family say it is her, KTLA reports. The L.A. County Department of the Coroner determined that the body in the car belongs to a black woman, the sheriff's department said in a release today. However, they say there needs to be further examinations in order to positively identify the victim because of the "conditions of the remains."
McCoy's family member reported her missing last week when she didn't show up for her appointments, the sheriff's department said. When Monrovia Police Department officers went to McCoy's home located on the 800 block of West Olive Avenue on Monday to investigate, they found that there was evidence of foul play. That's when the L.A. County Sheriff's Department Homicide Bureau detectives stepped in to help with the investigation.
Authorities searched the area and found McCoy's car on the 200 block of Cypress Avenue, less than a mile from her home. That's when they discovered the body in the car.
Friends and family described McCoy to ABC 7 as a mother of two children who are 7 and 9. McCoy, who grew up in Pasadena, had a master's degree from California State University, Los Angeles, and worked as an accountant for the L.A. County Department of Public Health, according to NBC Los Angeles. She also opened a clothing store in Monterey Park, but that business recently closed. Friends told ABC 7 that she was moving the store to Pasadena.
Friends and relatives described McCoy to NBC Los Angeles as a woman who was "full of life" and a "dreamer."
When McCoy went missing, her children were with their father at the time, whom she shared joint custody with. Friends told CBS Los Angeles that McCoy and the father had a good relationship, and had no idea who would want to even hurt her.
UPDATE 6/23: Today authorities ID'd the Authorities positively identified a body found in a car as that of Lajoya McCoy, according to City News Service. No cause of death has been found and the sheriff's department is investigating.