Maleesa Mooney, a pregnant model, was found dead in her downtown Los Angeles apartment on September 12. The L.A. County Medical Examiner’s Department has determined that her cause of death was “homicidal violence.” Mooney, 31, was two months pregnant at the time of her death. The details surrounding the incident remain undisclosed.
In a separate incident, another model named Nichole Coats, 32, was found dead in her apartment a few blocks away on September 10. The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) and the Medical Examiner’s Department have stated that Coats’ death is not being investigated as a homicide. The cause of her death is currently listed as “deferred” in the medical examiner’s database.
The LAPD previously mentioned that there appeared to be no connection between the deaths of Coats and Mooney. However, Sharon Coats, Nichole Coats’ mother, expressed her dissatisfaction with the LAPD’s ruling and their decision not to investigate her daughter’s death as a homicide. She claimed that the medical examiner’s office informed her that her daughter had been deceased for three to five days before her body was discovered, contradicting her own account of seeing her daughter two days prior.