SOUTH BEND, Ind. (TCD) -- A 27-year-old woman was found dead in her car with her infant son still alive next to her about a week after they were reported missing.
Alexis Morales and her 5-month-old son Messiah were last seen April 12 at around 6 p.m. as they left Kelly Park in South Bend, according to the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Office. She reportedly told friends she was going back to her home in New Paris, Indiana. The Elkhart County Sheriff’s Office started looking into their disappearance April 13.
On April 19, South Bend Police said officers went to the 400 block of South Kaley to look into a potential sighting of Morales' car. When police arrived, they found Alexis inside the vehicle and pronounced her dead on the scene. Messiah was reportedly uninjured and was taken to a hospital for observation.
South Bend Police said in a Wednesday, April 20, press conference that Messiah is with family and in stable condition. South Bend Police Chief Scott Ruszkowski announced the department is investigating Morales' death as a homicide.
An autopsy was scheduled for Friday, April 22. Ruszkowski said investigators have been interviewing "several people" and have "several more" that they are going to interview and re-interview.
"Somebody knows," Ruszkowski said. "Absolutely, 100 percent, somebody knows. Matter of fact, I bet my life that more than one person knows what happened."