Mississippi woman found dead, wrapped in plastic in L.A. home; Suspect on the run

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LOS ANGELES, CA – A California mother discovered the unexpected in her son’s bedroom and now a homicide investigation is underway after a woman’s body wrapped in plastic was found inside.

According to reports, Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) officers responded to a home in the 2200 block of Wall Street around 1:15 a.m., on Sunday, August 13th.

The woman who reportedly called 911 had gone into her son’s room after noticing a “distinct gas smell” throughout the home. That is when the mother discovered that there was a woman’s body inside her son’s bedroom.

Responding EMS personnel pronounced the woman dead at the scene. The Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office has since identified the woman as 30-year-old Hannah Rachel Collins.

The suspect is a 26-year-old Hispanic man, but authorities have yet to name a sole person of interest. As of this writing, the cause of death has not been released nor has it been confirmed whether the victim knew the suspect. 

LAPD Homicide Detective Ryan Rabbett said that Collins’ death is “being handled” as an “undetermined death investigation pending an autopsy and full toxicology."

Vail said that although the Los Angeles Medical Examiner has completed Collins’ autopsy, determining the woman’s cause of death could take “four to six months,” pending additional investigation and toxicology tests. She also said that the office could not disclose the nature of the tests that were ordered.

According to Fox News, Collins, who is from Mississippi, arrived in Los Angeles to visit friends back in June and was expected to be back home in August. She celebrated her 30th birthday on August 1st and according to her mother, she last spoke with family members on August 7th.

Collins’ mother, who has chosen not to share her name publicly, said she was informed of her daughter’s death in the morning hours on August 14th. She said that she has not yet heard from detectives at the LAPD.

Her mother said, “Someone murdered my daughter - that’s homicide. Someone wrapped her in [plastic] wrap, someone did that to her … I don’t understand why his name is kept a secret. I don’t even know how long she was dead. Did his mother give him time to run, then call [police]? Something is not right here."

Her mother said that her daughter was “raised in church” and that she was “very kind, thoughtful and would do anything to help anyone. She added that she was “very smart, artistic and outgoing."

A friend of Collins’, who did not want to be identified, said that the 30-year-old was “fun, kind and loved music and dancing, but ultimately, drugs took a hold of her."

The friend said that Collins’ comes from a “wonderful family” who tried their best to help her, but that they drifted apart when Collins started to pursue a party lifestyle.

The friend added, “I don’t like to hang out with people who do drugs or are intoxicated while they’re driving or stealing things. I’m in shock because what I want to associate with Hannah is the happier and healthier memories I have of her. She probably sought that lifestyle with drugs, but you never imagine the end would be so cold and cruel."

According to Collins’ social media, she studied radiology at Holmes Community College and worked at a Smoothie King. On Facebook, she posted in 2015 that she had gotten engaged, but the post did not say to whom.

At the time of the gruesome discovery, the woman’s son was nowhere to be found and as of this writing, authorities are still trying to locate him.
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