Erika Yancey

Erika Yancey

Death 2008
Herndon, Fairfax County, Virginia, USA
Burial Unknown
Memorial ID 133924376 · View Source
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The body of a 22-year-old missing Herndon woman was found stabbed to death in her car early Wednesday, police said, ending a 36-hour search and a mother's hope her daughter would be found alive.

Erika Yancey's mother, Lorraine, had flown in from Wichita, Kansas, Tuesday night, hoping to help with the search for her daughter. Hours later she got the call that her daughter's car had been found. The body of an adult female was found inside.

"Walking in this door is going to kill me, but I have to do what I have to do," Lorraine said as she prepared to meet with police to identify her daughter's body. "She was good person and she was a loving person."

About 2:30 a.m., an officer discovered the 2007 Hyundai Elantra in a disabled parking space outside an office building in the 13700 block of Sunrise Valley Drive in Reston.

Investigators say Erika had been stabbed to death and left in the passenger compartment of her car. Investigators don't know how long the vehicle had been sitting in the Reston parking lot.

"Maybe they didn't realize what it was, or that is was part of a crime," said Erika's aunt, Pagerine Jackson.

Erika's car was found about a half-mile from Erika's apartment, in Herndon. The vehicle has been taken to the county's crime lab.

The young woman had recently relocated to the area from Indiana. She worked for Delta Air Lines in the baggage department.

Erika was last seen Sunday morning as she dropped her roommate off at work near Dulles International Airport (web|news) . On Monday, a property manager at her Herndon apartment complex found a blood trail leading from where Erika parks her car to a dumpster.

"To detectives, it's rather obvious there was some kind of struggle that took place between her car and the dumpster," Fairfax County (web|news) police Ofc. Don Gotthardt said.

Investigators found evidence in the dumpster that led them to launch a search for Erika.

"Oh, Erika would have fought back," said Jaqueline Goodall, Erika's aunt. "That person had some marks on them. That person had blood on them."

Investigators are trying to piece together what happened in the sixty-six hours between when Erika was last seen alive and when she was found dead.

"It's very hard to comprehend why or who would have done something like this," said Goodall.

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