Model Maleesa Mooney Was Beaten and Left in Her Refrigerator, Autopsy Says

Maleesa Mooney, an aspring model whose body was found in her Los Angeles apartment last month, died as a result of "homicidal violence, according to the autopsy report. (Credit: Instagram/@jourdinpauline)

Disturbing new details have emerged about the death of Maleesa Mooney, a model who was killed inside her apartment last month in downtown Los Angeles.

According to the autopsy report obtained by local news station ABC7, the killer savagely beat Mooney and left her body inside her refrigerator.

On Oct. 27, the TV station reported Mooney suffered blunt force injuries to her face, head, back, left arm, and one rib was fractured. The killer bound her with electric cords and she was gagged with clothing.

The autopsy also found traces of cocaine in her system.

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Mooney, 31, was found dead on Sept. 12, inside her luxury apartment in the 200 block of South Figueroa Street.

She worked as a model and real estate agent. Last month her family was unable to establish contact with her and notified authorities.

According to the autopsy report, LAPD officers got a key to her apartment from the building manager. Once they entered the unit, officers noticed blood under the refrigerator and found her body inside.

As previously reported, the preliminary autopsy report listed Mooney’s cause of death as “homicidal violence.” The report on the coroner’s online records database, said the manner of death was homicide. The place of death was listed as a residence.

Mooney was two months pregnant at the time of her death, her sister Jourdin Pauline said in an Oct. 3 interview with NewsNation.

Pauline said her sister was brutalized for an extended period of time and had injuries from “her head to her toes.”

Mooney was one of two Black models who died in the area just days apart. The other woman, 32-year-old Nichole Coats, was found deceased inside her apartment on Grand Avenue on Sept. 10.

Earlier this month, the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office determined Coats’ death was caused by cocaine and ethanol (alcohol) toxicity. Her manner of death is listed as accidental in the coroner’s online records portal.