The body discovered Aug. 1 in a Prince George's County Creek has been identified as that of a missing D.C. mother.
Shavon Phillips, 22, had vanished July 30 after dropping off her daughter at a daycare center in the 400 block of 61st St. NE. She was seen on surveillance video helping her 2-year-old daughter out of a minivan and bringing her inside, but never returned to pick her up.
"I just want her to come home," Phillips' mother told NBC4's Pat Collins. Her parents said she was devoted to her daughter.
Phillips' body was discovered when some people in Fort Washington, Md., called police after seeing a large gym bag floating in Swan Creek. When police arrived on the scene, they opened the bag to find a decomposed body.
At the time, the victim's gender and cause of death were unknown, but police visited Phillips' family to collect DNA samples and dental records.
The same night the body was found, someone broke into Phillips' apartment, Collins reported. Her computer and other items are missing. It's unknown if this is a coincidence, or someone was trying to remove evidence linking Phillips to a suspect.
The homicide division of Prince George’s County Police is investigating. Police are asking anyone with information about the case is asked to call 301-772-4925. Callers wishing to remain anonymous can call Crime Solvers at 866-411 TIPS or text "PGPD" plus a message to CRIMES (274637) on a cell phone.