A Missouri woman who went missing on Thanksgiving morning was found dead one day after she was reported as missing, authorities said.
The body of Amethyst J. Killian, a 22-year-old pregnant mother of two, was discovered after police were notified about personal belongings that were found in the neighborhood, close to the home of Killian in St. Louis on Friday, according to a police statement.
“Officers were called to the scene this afternoon after personal items of the victim were found in the area, which lead to the discovery of her body nearby,” the statement reads.
Killian was reported missing by her family on Nov. 26 at about 8:00 p.m. after she didn’t return home for a whole day, police said.
Officials said at the time it is unclear how the woman died, but they do believe she was the victim of an apparent homicide.
The mother leaves behind a six-year-old girl and an 11-month-old boy, according to a GoFundMe fundraiser created by a cousin of the victim.
“Marley age 6 is a smart, talented, amazing little girl who will now have to grow up without her mommy, and Hendrix age 11 months is a handsome, smart, loving little boy who will never get the chance to know his mommy,” the page reads.
Killian was also pregnant for five months at the time of the alleged homicide, her cousin said. The fundraiser has since generated over $8,000.
“[Killian] was 5 months pregnant so not only do we have the loss of my cousin but also we lost a soon-to-be addition to our family,” the cousin wrote on the page.
The young mother was living together with her mother, stepfather, boyfriend, and her two children.
“She seemed liked a wonderful mother,” a neighbor of the woman told the network. “They just seemed like such a close, wonderful family.”
According to her family, Killian left the house after midnight at about 1 a.m. on Thursday to go for a walk to a nearby gas station. Neither police or her family has provided details at this time about why she went outside all alone so late in the night.
Officials haven’t announced any arrest at this time but have started an investigation into the apparent homicide, according to the police statement.
“St. Peters Police Department requested the activation of the Greater St. Louis Major Case Squad to assist with an investigation wherein a female subject was the victim of an apparent homicide,” police said.
Homicide detectives are asking anyone with information that could help with solving the crime to call Crime Stoppers at 1-866-371-TIPS (8477).