Family members believe that a body found inside the vehicle belonging to a missing mother of two from Monrovia is that of 31-year-old Lajoya McCoy, who hasn’t been seen since last week.
Investigators found McCoy’s vehicle Tuesday morning in the 200 block of West Cypress Avenue, which is not far from her home, according to a news release from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
Inside the car, they found the body of a black woman in her 30s, according to the county coroner’s office. A further examination was needed to positively identity the victim due to the condition of the remains, the Sheriff’s Department said on Wednesday.
Although investigators have not formally identified the body yet, grieving family members who had gathered at vigil outside McCoy’s home in the 800 block of West Olive Avenue Tuesday night said they believed it was that of the single mother.
At the vigil, friends and relatives remembered McCoy as a “dynamic” woman who worked hard to get ahead, even opening her own clothing boutique while she worked another job as an accountant.
A makeshift memorial remained outside the woman’s apartment Wednesday morning, filled with flowers, cards and candles.
McCoy was originally reported missing by family members after she failed to show up for appointments. Monrovia Police Department investigators then discovered evidence of foul play at her residence, prompting sheriff’s homicide detectives to begin working the case, according to the release.
The investigation remained ongoing. Anyone with information about McCoy has been asked to call the sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at 323- 890-5500.
Anonymous tips can also be left by calling Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477, texting the letters TIPLA plus a tip to 274637, or going to lacrimestoppers.org.