A missing Texas mother, who was last seen rushing to work nearly three weeks ago, was found dead in her car in a mall parking lot, police said Monday.
Christina Lee Powell’s body was discovered Saturday night after a security guard noticed a “foul smell” emanating from the vehicle parked outside the Huebner Oaks Center in San Antonio.
The security guard approached the 39-year-old’s black 2020 Nissan Rogue after realizing the car had been parked in the same spot outside the mall for about a week, police said.
“He looked into the vehicle and noticed a body in the passenger seat and called 911,” police said.
Police said there was no apparent trauma to Powell’s body, but a coroner performed an autopsy to determine her official cause of death.
It wasn’t immediately clear when Powell died.
Her purse and ID were found in the car and used to positively identify her, police officers said.
Powell’s mother, Claudia Moble, broke the news of her daughter’s death on Facebook, writing Monday: “My beautiful daughter Christina Powell was found dead. My heart is broken. Thank you all for your prayers.”
Powell has been missing since July 5 after leaving her San Antonio home to go to her law job, her family said at the time.
She was caught on her security video ringing the doorbell as she left the house around 10:30am – leaving her phone and Apple Watch behind.
Moble, who also lives at the home, said her daughter called her office to let them know she would be late.
A co-worker came to Powell’s home hours later when she didn’t show up at the office, Moble said.
“I felt like she was going, I felt like she was going to work — and I think she felt like she was going to work,” Moble told Fox News shortly after reporting Powell missing would have.
She added that nothing seemed out of the ordinary and that Powell hadn’t said anything notable to her mother before she left.
“We didn’t really have an in-depth conversation. It was basically “Good morning”. She told me she was going to be late,” Mobley said.
“Then she went to work and I told her to be careful. And I probably told her, ‘I love you.'”
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