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The body of Destini Smothers, a 26-year-old mother of two, was found in the trunk of an abandoned car last Wednesday on Lefferts Boulevard.
Ozone Park residents were especially rattled over the past seven days as two horrific crimes called for vigilance throughout the proud South Queens community.
Last Wednesday, the body of a woman from upstate Troy, N.Y. who had been reported missing back in November, was discovered inside the trunk of an abandoned car parked on Lefferts Boulevard near 150th Avenue, according to police and published reports.
A tow truck operator tasked with moving the license plate-less vehicle discovered the corpse. Destini Smothers, a 26-year-old mother of two, was found fully clothed in the back of a license plate-less, dark-colored hybrid Toyota Camry believed to be owned by Smothers ex-boyfriend, according to published reports.
Smothers was last seen at a bowling alley in Woodside, according to police.
The City Medical Examiner is still efforting the cause of death. The investigation is ongoing.
In a separate incident, five men early Tuesday morning burst into a house on 109th Street and left the couple who were home zip-tied in the basement while the armed crew, who posed as City cops to gain access, ransacked the residence.
Ring doorbell security footage “of their getaway shows two of the suspects walking by a fence as the minivan slowly pulls up, eventually coming to a full stop in the street. The pair appears to get in, as well as two more people who came from the other side of the street,” according to NBC 4 NY.
Several publish stories noted that the crew of crooks made off with more than $30,000 in cash and jewelry.
That investigation is ongoing as well.