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A Texas woman who has been missing for days has been found dead in the trunk of her own vehicle, police say.
The body of Angela Mitchell, 24, was found in Texas City on Wednesday after local residents reported to police a foul smell coming from the trunk of a white Honda that had been parked on a road for days, according to KTRK -TV Houston.
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Nearby residents said the car had been parked in the same spot since Mother’s Day.
Mitchell’s family and friends reported her missing on May 6 after she failed to make it home to Dickinson the night before.
“It’s been 24 hours since my last contact with her,” Mitchell’s mother told KTRK. “When I tried to find out why she hadn’t answered me, she went straight to voicemail and I couldn’t track her on our phones locator. I started having a stomach ache.”
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Family and friends had tracked Mitchell’s location to Texas City, where they found her vehicle but could not find the young woman.
“I met police in his vehicle here in Texas City after he filed a missing person report and begged them,” Mitchell’s mother said. “I begged them to please search my daughter’s car. “Please search my daughter’s car. Please investigate this.”
Mitchell’s relatives accused police of not immediately taking the investigation seriously.
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Police have not released Mitchell’s cause of death, or whether they are looking for a suspect in connection with his death. Police on Thursday announced a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to an arrest or charges being laid in Mitchell’s death.
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She leaves behind four children: a 9-year-old girl, a 7-year-old boy, a 3-year-old girl and a 7-month-old boy.