A family in New York is fearing the worst today after an unidentified body was found in an abandoned car.
According to NBC New York:
"A woman was found dead in the trunk of a Toyota Camry with no plates in Queens early Wednesday, and investigators believe she is a 26-year-old mother from Upstate New York who went missing in the five boroughs after a birthday party in November.
Authorities say they still have to confirm the identity of the woman found in the trunk on 134th Avenue through forensic tests, but believe the body is Destini Smothers. A senior NYPD official with direct knowledge of the case tells News 4 clothing on the body matched what Smothers was wearing when she was reported missing. Her ID was also on her, the official said."
Neighbors in the area say that the car had no plates and had been sitting there for months. The city sent a towing company to remove the car and it was only as the car was being hauled away that the body was found. A tow company employee had the car hitched to their vehicle and noticed a problem with a tire as he was driving away. The man got out to check the car Lefferts Boulevard and popped the trunk and look for a new one. That's when he found the unidentified woman dead, laying in the trunk in a fetal position.
"Smothers, a mother of two from Troy, traveled to Queens in early November for a funeral but went out two nights before that service to a local bowling alley to celebrate her 26th birthday, according to an NBC News report. No one saw her again after that.
NBC News reported Smothers had left Troy, which is just north of Albany, with her longtime boyfriend, who later told Smothers' family the two got into an argument while in Smothers' black 2011 Toyota Camry. At some point during that fight, the boyfriend said Smothers got out of the car and walked off, leaving her purse, wallet, keys and ID behind.
"He actually got in my car and took me to where he said she jumped out in Astoria. Took me and my family," said Tima Fowler, a cousin of Smothers'. "I don't understand how he did that. But he did it and we found the car, the car is found now, she's found."
No one has seen Smothers' boyfriend since. Police say that there are no suspects at this time however, they are looking to speak with her missing boyfriend. His identity has not yet been made public.
Smothers' two young sons are now in the custody of her mother.
We're praying that her family receives justice for her death. This is so wrong.