Body Identified as Missing Herndon Woman

Erika Yancey vanished Sunday

A body found early Wednesday morning was identified as a woman missing from Herndon.

The car belonging to a woman who mysteriously vanished from her Fairfax County home has been found with a body inside.

Police found Erika Yancey's car at about 2 a.m. Wednesday in the 13000 block of Sunrise Valley Drive in Reston, Va. An officer spotted the vehicle and saw a woman's body inside.

Yancey was stabbed to death, and investigators are investigating the death as a homicide, police said.

Yancey's property manager at the Camden Dulles Station apartments called police Monday after another resident discovered a trail of blood leading from the parking lot to a trash bin.

Investigators believe the trail originated from the spot where Yancey's Hyundai Elantra was parked, police said. Police found her cell phone in the trash bin, Yancey's family said, along with a substantial amount of blood.

Yancey, 22, has not been seen since Sunday morning when she dropped a friend off at nearby Dulles International Airport. She was planning on returning to the airport later, but never showed.

Her mother flew in from Kansas when she was notified that her daughter was missing.

"I always see on TV about someone else, and I think, I'm glad it wasn't me, but now it is me. I can see what they went through," she said.

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