Pregnant Model Found Bound and Beaten
Pregnant model Maleesa Marie Mooney’s tragic death shocked Los Angeles when she was discovered beaten and bound in her refrigerator.
The LA County Department of Medical Examiner conducted an autopsy, which revealed the gruesome details of her demise.
The report listed her cause of death as ‘homicidal violence’ and indicated ‘blunt force traumatic injuries’ to her body.
Toxicology tests also detected the presence of cocaine and alcohol in her system.
Mysterious Circumstances Surrounding Mooney’s Death
Maleesa Mooney’s death on September 12th, just two days after another Black model’s body was found nearby, triggered a murder investigation by the LAPD.
Mooney was two months pregnant and had a doctor’s appointment scheduled for the week following her death.
Her sister, Jourdine Pauline, described her death as a slow and brutal struggle, citing multiple broken bones as evidence.
Medical Examiner’s Inconclusive Findings
Despite the autopsy’s harrowing details, the medical examiner couldn’t determine the role of drugs or alcohol in her death.
The injuries observed, though not acutely life-threatening on their own, suggested she was involved in a physical altercation before her death.
Mooney was last seen in surveillance footage at her apartment on September 6 before disappearing, leading to a welfare check by her worried family on September 12.
The Case Remains a Mystery
The circumstances surrounding Mooney’s death remain shrouded in mystery.
There were no signs of forced entry during the preliminary investigation, and it is unclear whether Mooney knew her killer or how they gained access to her apartment.
Another model, Nichole ‘Nikki’ Coats, was found dead two days before Mooney, but police have confirmed the deaths are not related, dispelling concerns of a serial killer in the area.
Family Seeks Justice
Maleesa Mooney’s family is determined to find answers and justice for her gruesome death.
Her cousin, Bailey Babb, noted that they knew something was wrong when Mooney’s iPhone text messages changed from blue to green, indicating a shift in Wi-Fi and data services.
The family is devastated by the torturous act that led to Maleesa’s death and urges the public to stay vigilant and safe.
The case remains an ongoing investigation as authorities search for leads to solve this tragic murder.