SALINAS, CA – The long search for Lauren Moss is over.
California authorities listed the 22-year-old woman from Salinas as a “voluntary missing adult” after she was last seen leaving a drug rehab center on Nov. 13 of last year. Police found her body Feb. 3 in her car parked at a Walmart.
Police believe the car may have been there most of the time she was missing. The store’s security video only goes back to December.
Employees became suspicious after seeing the car parked in the same spot for several days.
The store doesn’t have anyone to patrol the parking lot overnight, and the car’s tinted windows made it hard to see inside.
Police say there is no indication moss had been in an argument or a fight.
Her sister said moss left a suicide note, and police found a drug needle in the car.
Suicide can be a sad and lonely way to die, and it was made worse in this case by going undiscovered for months in a Walmart parking lot.