Los Angeles police deny there is a connection between the deaths of two models whose bodies were found in luxury apartments just days apart, despite the women’s similar professions and the proximity of their homes.
Police said there has been no evidence to suggest there is any link between the deaths of Maleesa Mooney, 31, who was found dead in her apartment on Sept. 8, and Nichole “Nikki” Coats, 32, whose body He was discovered two days later at his residence just three miles away.
“Since their discovery, the LAPD Homicide Central Bureau has been investigating the deaths of Ms. Coats and Ms. Mooney,” the department said in an email to the San Francisco Gate.
“As both cases remain active investigations, no details about either case will be released; however, based on the investigation so far, there is no evidence to suggest that the deaths of Ms. Coats and Ms. Mooney are related to each other.”
The similarities in the women’s careers and their proximity shook the community, which feared a serial killer might be on the loose.
Nichole “Nikki” Coats, 32, was found dead in her apartment on September 10.Facebook
Just two days later, another model, Maleesa Mooney, 31, was found dead in her apartment three miles away.
Officials with the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner’s Office have “deferred” the manner and cause of death pending further testing on the two women, according to the Los Angeles Daily News.
Mooney’s death is being investigated as a homicide, but Coats’ death is only being investigated as a “death investigation,” even though his family claims his bed was left bloody.
They have said they have questions about the case and fear she was murdered by the same assailant who killed Mooney.
Nikki Coats, 32, modeled and worked in the beauty and fashion industry for years in New York until she returned to California in 2021. Gofundme
The similarities in the women’s careers and their proximity shook the community, which feared a serial killer could be on the loose.Facebook
Speaking to The Post, Coats’ father told how he found his daughter in her bed.
“She was only wearing panties and one of her arms was outstretched,” Guy said.
“I couldn’t look for long and had to turn around, but I saw his fingers starting to blacken at the tips.”
The 5-foot-8 model also had large bruises on her forehead, Guy said, and her bottom lip “looked busted.”
Coats’ father told The Post that he found his daughter with large bruises on her forehead and her lower lip “looked busted.” Guy Coats
He said his daughter’s face was so bruised and swollen that the family could only identify her by her tattoos.
Coats’ aunt, May Stevens, also told KTLA, “I think it was a murder, I really do.”
“One of his legs was in the air in a kicking position,” he said. “That’s not someone who just laid down in her bed and died.”