Security personnel searching for Christina Powell, who had been reported missing earlier in July, eventually located her body in the car’s passenger seat. A Texas mother who was discovered dead in a shopping center parking lot has had her death officially ruled a suicide.
On July 5, Christina Powell, 39, was last spotted leaving her San Antonio, Texas home via the Ring doorbell on her way to work. More than two weeks after she vanished, on July 23, her decaying body was discovered in the passenger seat of her vehicle, parked in a shopping center approximately four miles from her home.
Numerous media sites, notably WOAI-TV (the NBC affiliate in San Antonio) and the San Antonio Express-News, have reported on the recent announcement by the Bexar County Medical Examiner’s Office that Powell died from hyperthermia aggravated by ethanol consumption.
It was determined that her death was accidental.
A department spokesman stated, “We have discovered no evidence to lead to a criminal inquiry.”
Powell was a paralegal who called in sick that morning before she vanished. Relatives report that nothing out of the ordinary occurred before or after she departed her Red Hill Place home around 10:30 a.m.
Powell’s 12-year-old son answered the door to discover a worried coworker checking on his mother because she hadn’t shown up to work. After returning home, Powell realized that she’d forgotten her phone and medication.
Claudia Mobley, Powell’s mother, put out a public appeal for assistance after learning that her daughter may have been killed in a car crash. Powell’s savings were likewise unharmed.
We can’t even be sure that she made it to the office today,” Mobley sobbed. She might be in any city in the world. Take a peek around, thanks.
Around two weeks later, a security guard at the Huebner Oaks Center in the city’s north saw Powell’s black 2020 Nissan Rogue. According to the security officer, the “strange” vehicle had been left there for “about a week” when he smelled a “foul stench,” which led him to the decaying body.
The New York Post reports that Powell arrived at the parking lot less than half an hour after she left the house, as evidenced by surveillance footage.
In a statement to Fox News, the San Antonio Police Department said, “We did not uncover any evidence leading to a criminal investigation.”
When a person’s body stops being able to control its temperature, a condition known as hyperthermia sets in. When Powell went missing, the temperature was in the upper 90s.
Autopsy results largely concluded that Powell had overheated, with alcohol playing a role.