By: Mataeo Smith
Two models have been found dead in their luxury apartments in the same area in the space of a week.
The Los Angeles Police Department has begun a murder investigation into the death of Maleesa Mooney, 31, on September 12, in her downtown LA apartment. While they say the death of a second model, 32-year-old Nichole Coats, in her upmarket pad in the same area on September 10 is not being looked at as a homicide - despite her family's suspicions.
Maleesa's sister is Guyanese pop star Jourdin Pauline. Her family called police for a wellness check when text messages from her Iphone became green instead of blue. That indicated that Maleesa's phone had gone offline. Bailey Bobb, her cousin, said that Maleesa stopped answering her phone calls for an entire week.
Jourdin Pauline, who has 1.3 million followers on Instagram, said: 'Maleesa has always been someone who is a peacemaker in our family, someone that's always been the backbone, and making sure everyone's getting together, loving on each other."