Fears of a serial killer on the loose have grown in a major US city after two aspiring models were found dead just days after each other.
The body of 32-year-old Nichole Coats was discovered on September 10th in her apartment in downtown Los Angeles.
Just two days later, the body of 31-year-old Maleesa Mooney was found in her house five kilometers away.
Los Angeles police are investigating Mooney’s death as a homicide. KABC reported.
Coats’ family is still waiting for a coroner’s report to be released, but they suspect foul play was also involved in her death.
“I am devastated that this happened to Nicole. This is terrible,” her mother Sharon told KABC.
“It’s like a dream that my daughter comes through the door and she doesn’t. She is gone.”
Both families stopped hearing from the victims on September 7th.
FAMILIES IN MOURNING
Coats, who worked from home as a field representative while pursuing her modeling dreams, was found dead by her father last weekend.
After learning of Mooney’s death, Coats’ relatives began to suspect there might be a connection between the cases.
The two apartments are only five minutes away from each other by car.
Mooney’s family held a candlelight vigil in her honor Sunday evening.
Many dressed upthe aspiring model’s favorite color as they released balloons into the air over downtown Los Angeles.
A spokesman for the Los Angeles Police Department told The US Sun it was too early to determine whether there was a connection between the cases.
The exact causes of death are still unknown.
The police are asking for information
Investigators have asked the public to come forward with information about Mooney’s case.
You may share this information by calling (213) 996-4150 Monday through Friday or (877) 527-3247 on weekends and after hours.
Anyone wishing to remain anonymous can call LA Regional Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477 or submit a tip here shortcut.
A spokesman for the ministry told the US Sun that a death investigation is currently underway in Coats’ case.
Mooney’s sister Jourdin Pauline, a musician with more than 1 million followers on Instagram, posted one tribute on the platform.
“Never in a million years would I have thought I would have to make this contribution to bring justice to my only sister,” she said.
“My heart is broken, I can’t believe you won’t be here with us anymore.
“You were so loving and kind to everyone.”
Pauline also praised Mooney’s cooking skills and promised to carry on her memory.
Coats’ loved ones have organized a GoFundMe campaign to finance her funeral costs.
The $10,000 goal was quickly surpassed by more than $5,000.
“Nikki’s vibrant personality touched and influenced everyone she met,” said John Clark, who organized the campaign.
“She is known as a great daughter, friend and soul. Her untimely death shocked us.”