The search for a pregnant Mississippi woman who went missing days before she was due to give birth ended in tragedy with the discovery of her body along the side of a road.
Makayla Winston's family said the 21-year-old left her home in Goodman on Thursday with plans to see her baby’s father, WLBT reports.
“She was heading to show the sonogram to the baby’s father,” her mom Yvetty Brown told WBLT.
The baby was due to be born July 4.
She was driving a four-door Pontiac Grand Prix. That car was found Friday near Interstate 55 with the keys still in the ignition, but no sign of her, the Associated Press reports.
Her cellphone was found in the grass nearby. It appears several messages on it have been erased and officials are trying to recover them, The Clarion Ledger reports.
Winston was found dead about six miles away from where the Pontiac was found.
Investigators haven't announced any suspects or persons of interest, nor have they revealed how she died. However, they suspect foul play and say another vehicle was spotted near her car.
“We understood that there was a white vehicle parked behind her, kind of like an SUV. But no one knows who was driving the SUV,” Holmes County Sheriff Willie March said Friday, according to WLBT.
Brown described her daughter as a family person.
“She was a quiet person. She didn’t hang out. Mostly, she was around family,” Brown told WLBT.
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