Amid the search for a missing Monrovia woman, a body was found inside her vehicle about a mile away from her home on Tuesday, authorities said.
Lajoya McCoy, 31, was seen last week and then was reported missing by a family member after not appearing for appointment.
After Monrovia Police Department investigators found evidence of foul play at her home in the 800 block of West Olive Avenue on Monday, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Homicide Bureau detectives began to work on the case.
During a grid search of the area Tuesday morning, McCoy’s vehicle was found with a human body inside in the 200 block of West Cypress Avenue, according to a sheriff’s news release.
The body has not been identified but it is, like McCoy, a black woman in her 30s, according to the county coroner’s office.
Friends who gathered at a small vigil outside McCoy's home Tuesday night were convinced the body in the car was that of the single mother they described as a "wonderful woman" who was "full of life."
"Lajoya was a dynamic young lady and I know that this person is going to get caught," friend Tangelia Alfred-Gentles said. "And I wish the worst possible suffering on this person that can be done."
McCoy’s vehicle was still being processed by investigators.
Anyone with information about McCoy was asked to call the Homicide Bureau at 323- 890-5500.
To provide information anonymously, call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477, or text the letters TIPLA plus your tip to 274637, or go to lacrimestoppers.org.
KTLA's Kennedy Ryan and Scott Williams contributed to this article.