A Gary, Ind., woman who had been missing since July 3 was found dead in the trunk of an abandoned car, having suffered several stab wounds and blunt force trauma to the head, the Lake County (Ind.) Coroner’s Office told the Chicago Sun-Times.
The woman, whose body was found Monday, was identified Wednesday as Decarol Deloney-Cain. The 54-year-old mother of three—two adult sons and a teenage daughter—was a longtime flight attendant for United Airlines in Chicago. According to the Associated Press, police used the serial numbers on her breast implants to positively ID the woman.
Deloney-Cain’s brother, Todd, told the Sun-Times that the family hadn’t heard from his sister since July 3, but that because she was known to fly on international flights, not having constant contact with her wasn’t unusual.
Police responded to a call Monday about an abandoned car, and when they opened the trunk they found the decomposed body of Deloney-Cain. The Sun-Times noted that Deloney-Cain was in the process of getting a divorce, which was to be finalized Aug. 14.
“She was a very vivacious woman,” Deloney-Cain’s brother, Todd, told the Sun-Times. “She had a quest for traveling. She was very devoted to her children and her immediate family. When you met the girl, you were never a stranger.”