A Michigan mother of five who went missing ten days ago was found dead by authorities Tuesday.
The body of Mollie Schmidt was found with a gunshot wound in the apartment of a man who is a person of interest in what has since been deemed a homicide investigation, Wyoming, Mich. police said Wednesday.
Authorities suspect Schmidt, 33, was with 44-year-old Yenly Garcia, who police are now working to track down.
“Detectives are investigating this case as a homicide and are pursuing all leads,” a Wyoming police spokesperson said during a press conference Wednesday.
“Garcia’s whereabouts are unknown,” the police spokesperson added.
Schmidt told her five children she was leaving for work on Aug. 21, but never returned, MLive.com reported. Before she went missing, she told her father she’d see him the next day, but when her dad came over then, only the kids were home, according to the report.
Schmidt’s family told a local news station they were “both heartbroken and horrified” by their loved one’s death.
“I am eager to begin the process of holding the person capable of such cruelty accountable,” sister Sarah Oaks told News 8. “I will not rest until little Mollie gets her justice.”
A friend of the victim also told the news station Schmidt had a “bright personality and always had a contagious smile on her face.”
“I wish her kids had more time to know just how amazing their mother was. She was an amazing person, & she didn’t deserve any of this,” said pal Jennifer Cogswell.