Police in downtown Los Angeles are actively searching for clues to identify the individuals responsible for the recent deaths of two models within a week.
The initial victim, Maleesa Mooney, a 31-year-old model and real estate agent, was discovered lifeless in her upscale Bunker Hill apartment. Concerned family members had alerted authorities after she ceased responding to their calls and messages.
Maleesa’s cousin, Bailey Babb, expressed their growing concern, noting unusual message delivery issues. While the police have not disclosed specifics regarding injuries or the cause of her demise, they are treating her death as a homicide.
Just three days later, authorities reported another tragic incident involving 32-year-old Nichole “Nikki” Coats, also a model. Nikki was found deceased in her apartment by worried family members who had been unsuccessful in contacting her for several days. May Stevens, Nikki’s aunt, described a gruesome scene and strongly suspected foul play. Nikki had last communicated with her family, informing them of a date on Friday, September 8, before going silent.
These two incidents occurred within a short distance of each other. While Maleesa’s case is officially classified as a murder, Nikki’s death is still categorized as “suspicious” as of the most recent update.
Both Maleesa and Nikki were beloved figures in their respective circles. Maleesa was described by her sister as a “peacemaker” and the family’s “rock,” while Nikki was remembered by her mother as someone who had no enemies and was cherished by friends and the community.
Although no suspect description has been released, both grieving families fear that a serial killer may be on the loose. May Stevens expressed her concern, stating, “I feel that there’s a predator loose.”
The Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office has yet to determine the cause of Nikki’s death, keeping her case open. A GoFundMe campaign has been established to assist Nikki’s family with funeral expenses.
Authorities are urging anyone with information related to either case to contact the Los Angeles Police Department at 1-877-527-3247.