JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A young mother is dead and police are looking for a suspect.
Sgt. Dan Larson of the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office Homicide unit tells Action News that 18-year-old Rosa Garcia's sister-in-law found her body inside her San Pablo apartment at 8:40 Thursday morning.
"We are not releasing the cause of death at this time, but foul play is suspected. We're considering it a homicide."
Larson says police have not identified a suspect, but they have several leads.
"There's no need for neighbors to be concerned for their own safety. We don't think we have someone on the lose at this point."
Action News has learned Garcia used to work the La Nopalera in Jacksonville Beach alongside her husband, who the manager has identified as Jose Jimenez.
He says the adoring mother left her job last month to care for the couple's two-year-old daughter who was very sick, but Jimenez continued working there until Monday. That's when the manager says Jimenez didn't show up for work, and has not heard from him since.
Neighbors say Jimenez is the only one who drove the family car, which police have identified as a 2005 - 2009, gray, 4-door Nissan Altima. Janson says it has a temporary tag and is missing.
"We don't have any idea where it might be or who's driving it."
But neighbors tell Action News they saw Jimenez exiting the apartment complex in the car at 8 AM Thursday.
Moments later, they say his sister showed up with the couple's baby looking for Garcia, and soon after that police arrived.
Police say Garcia's husband is not a suspect at this time, but they have not been able to locate him or the family car.
Janson says he has not determined if the couple's daughter was in the apartment at the time of Garcia's death. He says the child is now being cared for by police, and they are working with the with the Department of Children and Families to insure she is placed safely with a relative while the investigation continues.
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