Mother Finds L.A. Woman Who Met ‘Cold and Cruel’ End Wrapped in Plastic in Son’s Room: Police

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Aug. 17 2023, Published 2:26 p.m. ET

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A worried mother went to check a “gas smell” in her South Los Angeles home and allegedly found a body wrapped in plastic, according to authorities.

The mother went into her son’s bedroom around 1:15 a.m. on Aug. 13, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. After discovering the body, she immediately called paramedics.

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Responding EMS pronounced the victim, later identified as 30-year-old Hannah Rachel Collins, dead.

Authorities did not immediately know when or how Collins died. An autopsy has since been completed, but the cause of death has not yet been released, the LA County coroner said.

The woman’s son was not at the residence at the time of the gruesome discovery, officials said. He is described as a 26-year-old Hispanic male, but officials have not revealed any further details and he remains at large.

Police have not provided details about how long Collins had been in the bedroom or how she knew the suspect.

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According to The New York Post, Collins moved to Los Angeles from Mississippi in June. She would call to check in with her family “like clockwork” each week, but relatives said they last spoke to her on August 7, days after she turned 30.

A friend told The Post that Collins was “fun, kind and loved music and dancing but, ultimately, drugs took a hold of her.”

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The friend, who wished to remain anonymous, told the publication she and Collins drifted apart when Collins allegedly started to party.

“I’m in shock because what I want to associate with Hannah is the happier and healthier memories I have of her," the friend said. "She probably sought that lifestyle with drugs, but you never imagine the end would be so cold and cruel.”

The investigation into the homicide is ongoing, LAPD officials said.


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