Shanaya Coley, 24-year-old New Jersey Woman Missing Since December, Found Dead in her Car

Shanaya Coley
Shanaya Coley

24-year-old Shanaya Coley, a Paterson, NJ, health worker, has been missing since December 2017. Authorities now say they have found her body — dead in her own car. 

Coley was last seen leaving her apartment for work at about 11 p.m. Police suspect she may have been carjacked or kidnapped.

CBS reports:

Her father, Willie Coley, said in December there was blood near the spot where her Nissan Altima was parked.

“There was blood in a couple of places, but we don’t know whose blood it was. Don’t know whose blood is in the grass and on the walkway,” he said.

On Sunday, the Passaic County Prosecutor’s office said police received a call from a concerned citizen regarding an unattended car left in the parking lot of an apartment complex in Paterson.

When officers arrived at the scene, they discovered Coley’s charcoal grey Altima and discovered what appeared to be a body in the back seat of the vehicle.

The medical examiner will work to determine the identification of the body.

–Joshua James