The body of Angela Mitchell, 24, was found Wednesday in Texas City after local residents reported to police a foul odor coming from the trunk of a white Honda that had been parked on a road for days, according to KTRK-TV Houston.
Nearby residents said the car had been parked in the same location since Mother’s Day.
Mitchell’s family and friends reported her missing on May 6 after she failed to return to her home in Dickinson the night before.
“It had become 24 hours since my last contact with her,” Mitchell’s mother told KTRK. “When I tried to find out why she didn’t respond to me, it went straight to voicemail and I couldn’t track her on the locator on our phones anymore. I started getting sick to my stomach.”
Family and friends had tracked Mitchell’s location to Texas City, where they found her vehicle but were unable to find the young woman.
“I met police officers at her vehicle here in Texas City after filing a missing person report and I 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’. I begged. I begged the police officers, and they just dismissed me.”
Mitchell’s loved ones have accused the police of not immediately taking the investigation seriously.
Police have not disclosed Mitchell’s cause of death, or if they are looking for a suspect in connection with her death. The police announced Thursday a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to an arrest or charges filed in Mitchell’s death.
She leaves behind four children: a 9-year-old girl, 7-year-old boy, 3-year-old girl and 7-month-old boy.