Death of two models found dead in ‘gruesome’ scenes in luxurious downtown LA apartments a week apart are ‘not related’, cops say after serial killer fears were sparked
Los Angeles cops say the gruesome deaths of two models at luxe downtown apartments are ‘not related’ after some suggested a serial killer may be on the loose.
A representative for the LAPD said that despite the similarities between the deaths of Nichole Coats and Maleesa Mooney, the incidents are believed to be unrelated.
Coats, 32, was found dead in a bloody scene inside her South Grand Avenue apartment on September 10 while Mooney, 31, was found dead two days later.
Mooney’s apartment on South Figueroa Street is located one mile away from Coats and police are investigating her death as a homicide at this time.
As police investigate, family members of both women have come forward and shared their concerns that there is an individual killing women in the area.
Nichole Coats (left) was found dead on September 10 in her South Grand Avenue apartment. Mooney (right) was found dead two days later in her South Figueroa Street apartment
Coats was found dead at her apartment on Grand Street while Mooney was discovered just a mile away in the 200 block of South Figueroa Street
In their statement Tuesday, the LAPD clarified that while the women’s ages, races, occupations, and manners of death are similar, they are investigating separately.
‘Thus far, there is no evidence to suggest that the deaths of Ms. Coats and Ms. Mooney are related to one another,’ a representative stated to KTLA.
Cops declined to provide any additional details and stated the killings are still considered ‘active investigations.’
The clarification comes just one day after Coats’ family talked with KTLA and told the outlet they found her in an unrecognizable state after her death.
‘I couldn’t recognize her,’ Coats’ aunt, May Stevens, said.
‘I believe it was murder, I really do. One of her legs was up in the air in a kicking position. That’s not somebody who just laid in their bed and died,’ she said.
Police have called Mooney’s death a homicide but have yet to officially declare Coats’ death a murder. Details on their causes of death have not been shared.
The model’s aunt and father discovered her inside the residence two days after she was last heard from, telling friends she had a date on September 8.
‘I don’t know who she went out with or what transpired there,’ Sharon Coats, Nikki’s mother, said. ‘I have no idea, but I’m going to find out.’
‘If you’re out there, you’re going to get caught. You’re messing with the wrong person,’ the angry and grieving mother said.
Coats’ death is still being ruled as ‘suspicious’ pending a Los Angeles County Coroner’s report
Coats’ downtown LA apartment is one mile from where Mooney was found two days later
Coats’ aunt, May Stevens (right), discovered her body. She is seen here with Sharon Coats, Nikki’s mother
Money – the sister of Guyanese pop star Jourdin Pauline – was found dead on September 12 after a string of calls and texts went unanswered.
Her phone messages had gone from blue texts to green, family said.
During a welfare check, cops found the model’s body.
It’s unclear how long she had been dead or in the apartment.
Mooney worked as a real estate agent at Beverly Hills-based agency Nest Seekers and had only moved into her new home a month ago, her family said.
Bailey Babb, Mooney’s cousin, told KTLA that the family asked for a wellness check when she stopped answering her calls.
‘When a week went by, we just knew something was off.’
‘Her messages weren’t delivering and we knew something was up because we all have a special relationship with Maleesa,’ Babb said.
Pauline, who has 1.3 million Instagram followers, posted about her sister, sharing that Mooney was a ‘peacemaker’ in their family.
‘Maleesa has always been someone who is a peacemaker in our family, someone that’s always been the backbone, and making sure everyone’s getting together, loving on each other,’ she wrote.
Mooney in a photo from her sister’s Instagram account
Jourdin Pauline, Mooney’s sister who has 1.3 million followers on Instagram, said: ‘Maleesa has always been someone who is a peacemaker in our family, someone that’s always been the backbone, and making sure everyone’s getting together, loving on each other
Residents living in Mooney’s 450-unit high-rise have allegedly been ‘raising the alarm’ about weird, suspicious activity in the building over the last few weeks
Residents living in Mooney’s 450-unit high-rise have allegedly been ‘raising the alarm’ about weird, suspicious activity in the building over the last few weeks.
Rent for studio and one-bed apartments at the complex start at $2,019 a month.
The building also has a resort-style pool and sundeck and central courtyard – as well as communal BBQ grills, tennis courts, and a dog park.
The Los Angeles Police Department said in a statement: ‘(LAPD) Central Bureau Homicide investigators are requesting the public’s help for any information in a murder investigation.
Anyone with information is asked to call Detectives Pierce or Marcinek at 213-996-4150 or reach out to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (1-877-527-3247).
Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the LA Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or go to lacrimestoppers.org.