A missing 20-year-old mom has been found dead in a shallow grave in Florida, authorities said.
Nyeisha Nelson has been identified from remains found Saturday near train tracks in a wooded area near Crescent City, news station WJXT reported.
She was last seen dropping off her 5-year-old daughter at Middleton-Burney Elementary School on Feb. 11, news station WJAX reported.
But when her family didn’t hear from her, they reported her missing to authorities.
Investigators found Nelson’s 2008 Honda Accord in the woods Thursday less than five miles from where authorities uncovered her remains.
Putnam County Sheriff’s Office Col. Joseph Wells said they believe that Nelson was the victim of a homicide, though they haven’t identified any suspects in the slaying.
“The investigation does suggest the likelihood that she knew the offender. This was not a random act of stranger on stranger violence,” he said.
He said her abandoned car may provide some clues as to who was responsible.
“Her car is going to be a key part of this,” he said. “Not so much the car — we have it — but who was driving that car around or after Feb. 11.”
No further details have been released about the cause of manner of her death, but an autopsy was ordered.