A missing pregnant Pennsylvania woman was found dead in Philadelphia – and investigators are now searching for her boyfriend, according to reports.
The body of Dianna Brice, 21, was discovered late Monday in a wooded area in southwest Philadelphia, about one mile from where the car of her boyfriend, Justin Smith, 23, was found engulfed in flames hours after she vanished on March 30, WPVI reported.
CBS Philadelphia, citing police, said she had been shot. Smith is a person of interest in her slaying, the station reported.
Brice’s mother, Betty Cellini, told the station the couple had been in an argument prior to her disappearance. They were last seen at a laundromat in Yeadon, Cellini said.
21-year-old Dianna Brice was found dead in a wooded area of Southwest Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.Facebook
“He goes, ‘She don’t even want to talk to me,’” Cellini recalled. “I said, ‘I don’t care, she’s pregnant with your child.’”
Dianna Brice and her boyfriend Justin Smith (pictured) were last seen at K Laundry in Yeadon, Pennsylvania.Facebook
Cops in Philadelphia recovered Brice’s body, a private investigator working with her family told the Philadelphia Inquirer. The Upper Darby woman’s death is now being investigated as a homicide by Philadelphia police, Upper Darby Police Superintendent Timothy Bernhardt said Tuesday.
“It’s terrible,” Bernhardt told reporters, according to WPVI. “Words don’t express how sad it is for a young woman who leaves behind a 4-year-old child and was three to four months pregnant with her second. Words don’t explain how sad it is for her and her family.”
Cellini told the Inquirer she called Smith after not hearing from her daughter for hours and that she planned to file a missing person’s report, prompting him to hang up on her. She declined to comment on Tuesday’s gruesome find aside to say it left her numb, the newspaper reported.
Justin Smith’s car was found engulfed in flames soon after Dianna Brice went missing.via WPVI
Smith’s cellphone has been off since March 30 and police found his car keys and wallet near his Ford Fusion that was found on fire in Philadelphia after Brice disappeared, the Inquirer reported.
CBS Philadelphia reports that Dianna Brice had been shot.Facebook
A Philadelphia police spokesman told The Post Wednesday the department was still waiting to confirm the victim’s identity, as well as a cause of death from a medical examiner.