Maleesa Mooney, a model from Los Angeles, was discovered dead inside her refrigerator with her wrists and ankles tied together and her mouth gagged. Her system also had evidence of cocaine.
Her death was classified “homicidal violence” by the LA County Medical Examiner’s Office earlier this month, but an autopsy report published late Friday that The Post was able to get revealed the graphic specifics of how the 31-year-old’s remains were found in her Downtown LA apartment.
Mooney had blunt force injuries to her back, upper left arm, and face/head, according to coroners.
According to toxicology data, she also included a combination of ethanol and cocaethylene in her system, along with the cocaine metabolite benzoylecgonine.
According to the autopsy report, “the blunt force traumatic injuries observed at autopsy are generally not considered acutely life threatening on their own.”
“Yet, these injuries imply that Ms. Mooney was probably engaged in a serious physical conflict before her death, given the circumstances surrounding her discovery. As a result, it is unclear what, if any, part drugs or alcohol may have had in Ms. Mooney’s demise, the study said.
On September 12, Mooney’s body was discovered in her South Figueroa Street apartment after her mother had phoned the police to do a “welfare check” on the model.
According to the report, when the police broke into the flat, they discovered a puddle of blood underneath her dead corpse, which was “wedged in the refrigerator.”
Coroner authorities determined that the manner of her death was murder due to the blunt force injuries observed all over her body and the state in which it was found.
Additionally, there is proof that the model was choked.
Mooney’s family said ABC 7 that she received an iCloud warning suggesting someone was accessing her devices, implying that her killer was attempting to pilfer her MacBook and iPhone.
Model Jourdin Pauline, who is sister to Mooney, informed local TV station KTLA that her sister was two months pregnant at the time of her death and had always desired to become a mother.
She told the newspaper, “It hurts to even think about what my sister went through because I can’t imagine what she went through.”
It was just last month when Mooney moved into the approximately 450-unit upscale apartment complex.
Fear spread among the locals upon learning of the bombshell beauty’s death, particularly when two days earlier another model, Nichole “Nikki” Coats, was also discovered dead in her own Downtown LA residence, around three miles away.
The family of Coats had been afraid that their beautiful 32-year-old daughter would also be killed, but an autopsy report that was made public two days ago revealed that the woman had actually overdosed on drugs and alcohol unintentionally.
Guy Coats, Nikki’s father, told The Post that other family members could only identify his daughter by her tattoos since Nikki was so “busted” and “swollen.”
Alcohol was included as the single cause of death, which was reported as “cocaine and ethanol toxicity.”
According to LAPD officers, there was no proof linking the models’ deaths to one another.