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Pregnant model who was found dead in her fridge was bound and gagged—autopsy report

By Brooke Villanueva Published Oct 29, 2023 4:36 pm

A model who was found lifeless in her refrigerator was bound and gagged before her death, her autopsy report showed.

According to CBS News, Maleesa Mooney was discovered dead in her home in September. An autopsy report, which was released by the Los Angeles Department of the Medical Examiner last week, stated she was beaten, bound, and gagged severely before she was placed inside her refrigerator.

Her arms and legs were tied using "miscellaneous electronic cords and clothing items," which were also used on her face and neck.

She was left with severe injuries all over her body. CBS News said in its report that while they were "not considered acutely life threatening on their own," the report noted that "based on the circumstances of how Ms. Mooney was found, these injuries suggest she was likely involved in violent physical altercation prior to her death."

Mooney's toxicology report also showed recent use of cocaine, but whether drugs or alcohol played a role in her passing remains unknown.

The 31-year-old model was last seen in her apartment complex prior to her death. Her sister, Jourdin Pauline, told PEOPLE Magazine that Mooney was two months pregnant when she was killed.

An investigation into the case is ongoing, and there's still no information about her killer, according to CBS News.