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"She Was a Dreamer": Friends Pay Tribute to Missing Mom After Body is Found in Her Car

Though investigators have not identified the body, friends who gathered at the mother-of-two's home said the body is hers

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    Friends Mourn Missing Mom After Body Found

    Loved ones gathered outside the home of a missing mother after police said they had found a body in the woman's car. Robert Kovacik reports for the NBC4 News at 11 p.m. on Tuesday, June 16, 2015. (Published Tuesday, June 16, 2015)

    Heartbroken friends paid  tribute to a woman who was "a dreamer" and "full of life" after authorities discovered a body inside her car less than a mile away from her Monrovia home.

    Police found the remains inside the vehicle of Lajoya McCoy, 31, during a search Tuesday morning, which came after they discovered evidence of foul play at her home. A murder investigation has also been opened.

    Though investigators have not identified the body, friends who gathered at the mother-of-two's home said the body is hers.

    "She was wonderful, young and full of life and had a whole life ahead of her," friend Alfred-Gentles said. "I know this person is going to get caught. And I wish the worst possible suffering on this person that can be done."

    Body Found in Car of Missing Woman

    [LA] Body Found in Car of Missing Woman
    A human body was found inside the vehicle of a missing woman about a mile away from the woman's home in Monrovia in a case involving possible foul play. John Cádiz Klemack reports for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, June 16, 2015.
    (Published Tuesday, June 16, 2015)

    McCoy, who was born and raised in Pasadena, had earned a master's degree at California State University, Los Angeles, and worked as an accountant with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. She also had her own clothing boutique in Monterey Park, which only recently closed.  

    "Lajoya was a dreamer," friend Deborah Campbell said. "She truly was a god-fearing, educated, professional,  mother, friend and always there.  She is the exact type of person you want in your life."

    The investigation into the missing woman began on Monday in the 800 block of West Olive Avenue in Monrovia.

    She was reported missing a week ago by a family member after she missed appointments, officials said. Her children, who are both under the age of 10, were with their father at the time she went missing.

    Authorities said they discovered evidence of foul play at her home, but did not elaborate.

    Her family has started a GoFundMe page to help with her funeral expenses and for her children here

    Robert Kovacik and Michael Larkin contributed to this report

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