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A young mom was found dead in an alley. Years later, Arizona cops still hope to solve her homicide.

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Mar. 11 2022, Published 2:21 p.m. ET

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A young mom was found dead in the Phoenix area and her death was ruled a homicide. That was nearly a decade ago, and police have yet to make an arrest in her case.

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Around 8 a.m. on Jan. 31, 2014, police from El Mirage, Arizona, responded to a call for an unresponsive woman in the alley between North Luna Street and EL Frio Street. The victim was later identified as Patricia Ann Cota, 24, according to Silent Witness.

Her cause of death was homicide, though investigators have released few details about how she died.

Detectives believe two people might have helped move her body, according to Silent Witness.

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Police questioned her boyfriend at the time, but no charges were filed, according to 12 News. Years later, the case has gone cold, and police continue to ask for help identifying the people involved. Anyone with information is asked to contact (480) 948-6377.

Family members spoke to Fox 10 in the years after the murder.

"It has been very, very difficult going through this, I am asking anyone in El Mirage or Phoenix, if you have any information, please call the El Mirage Police Department or Silent Witness, give them a call," her father George Cota told Fox 10.

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Cota was the mom of two girls at the time, the news station reported. In 2016, Serenity was 6 years old and George said she asked him every day if he heard any developments from the police.

"I want justice for my mom because me and Sienna love her very much, and both of us miss her, and we want justice a lot," Serenity Cota told Fox 10.

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George said his daughter would do anything for anybody else and she was a loveable person, according to Fox 10.

"My message to anybody that has had their hands on the homicide, you need to turn yourself in," George said in 2016.

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