Mystery in Los Angeles
The body of a model whose death was found in her apartment in downtown Los Angeles within two days of the death of another model due to "cocaine and ethanol toxicity," as reported by the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner's Office on Tuesday.
Nichole Coats' death has been classified as an "accident." However, Coats' family, who found her, maintain that she died violently. The appearance of another murdered model just a few blocks away two days later has raised concerns that a predator may be stalking beautiful women.
Coats was found dead in her apartment in the 700 block of Grand Avenue on September 10th. The police had conducted a welfare check on the 32-year-old woman around 10 in the morning that day, but no one answered in her apartment. Approximately two hours later, someone reported to the police that they had found a body in the residence.
Coats' aunt, May Stevens, was the one who discovered her niece's bloodied body. "I couldn't recognize her," she told KTLA. "I believe it was a murder, I really do... I feel like there's a predator on the loose."
"I believe foul play was involved," said Sharon Coats, Nichole's mother, to People magazine. "The police aren't doing anything. They want to make it seem like there was no foul play. I just don't buy it. I just want to rule it out."
Two days after Coats was found dead, another 31-year-old model, Maleesa Mooney, was found dead in her apartment in the 200 block of South Figueroa Street, less than three miles away.
The cause of Mooney's death has been classified as "homicidal violence" and her manner of death has been recorded as "homicide," according to the medical examiner's report.
The police have not disclosed many details about the investigations, except for the fact that Mooney's death is being investigated as a homicide and Coats' death is being treated as a death investigation.
"As both cases remain active investigations, details about either case will not be released," the LAPD stated in a September press release. "However, based on investigations conducted thus far, there is no evidence suggesting that the deaths of Ms. Coats and Ms. Mooney are related to each other."
No arrests have been reported by the police to date.
Anyone with information about either of the cases is urged to contact Detectives Pierce or Marcinek of the Homicide Division at LAPD's Central Bureau at 213-996-4150 or 877-LAPD-247. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous can call Los Angeles Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS or visit www.lacrimestoppers.org to provide information.
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