A dead woman whose body was found wrapped in plastic inside the suspect’s room in South Los Angeles by his horrified mother has been identified – but many questions remain about the grisly homicide.
The victim has been named as 30-year-old Hannah Rachel Collins, according to the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner’s Office.
It was not immediately known how or when she died, the New York Post reports.
Ms Collins had only moved to Los Angeles from Mississippi in June, a heartbroken relative told the newspaper.
The source said Ms Collins would call to check in with her family “like clockwork” each week, last spoke to relatives on August 7, days after celebrating her 30th birthday.
The suspect in the killing has been described as a 26-year-old Hispanic man, but Los Angeles Police Department have not revealed any further details and he remained at large as of Wednesday afternoon.
The disturbing incident began to unravel about 1.15am, local time, on Sunday when the suspect’s mother entered his bedroom after noticing a “gas smell.”
When she walked in, she made the horrifying discovery of Ms Collins’ body wrapped up in plastic.
The stunned mother immediately called paramedics to her South Central LA home for help.
EMS soon arrived and pronounced Ms Collins dead.
The LA County coroner said an autopsy had been completed but the cause of death has not yet been made public.
The suspect was nowhere to be found at the time of the gruesome discovery.
It’s unclear how long Ms Collins had been in his bedroom or how she knew the suspect.
A family member of Ms Collins confirmed to The Post she had been found inside the South LA home.
The LAPD has launched a homicide investigation, however, officials remain tight-lipped about its process when asked by The Post.
Ms Collins’ Facebook profile shows she was from Richland, Mississippi and had also lived in Jackson. She posted in 2015 that she had got engaged, but the post didn’t say to whom.
She also said she had studied radiology at Holmes Community College and worked at a Smoothie King store.
This article originally appeared in the New York Post and was reproduced with permission