Police said they found a slain music teacher's car two days after she was found dead at her Jacksonville home.
Police recovered Deborah Liles' gold 2010 Buick LaCrosse on Golfair Boulevard on Saturday and are now asking for the public's help identifying who was driving it.
The car was missing from her Panama Park home when police found her body inside Thursday.
Neighbors said police found the car behind an abandoned house near Notter Avenue.
Police suspect foul play in her death and Liles’ children said she'd been a victim of several crimes in the past.
“I don’t know about the circumstances. I don’t know if they’re coincidences happening. I don’t know if there’s a connection between what happened then and what happened now," Liles' daughter Rachel Sirmans said. "We really want to find those answers.”
Liles' children pleaded with the community for help finding her LaCrosse on Saturday.
They told Action News Jax reporter Kevin Clark that they believed the car could be key to finding whoever is responsible for their mother’s death.
“We can’t even begin how to say goodbye, because we’re so preoccupied with the fact that the men who did this, or the man -- we don’t know -- is still at large,” Liles’ son Gerald said.
Her children said they'd urged their mom to move after her home was broken into several times.
“They continued to live here,” Gerald said. “Sacrifice after sacrifice, burglary after burglary, and it ultimately cost my mother her life.”
Liles’ children said their mother was an inspiration and touched the lives of thousands of children through her musical gift.
She was a music teacher at San Jose Elementary and had worked for Duval schools since 2000.
“My mom was just such a zany, fun, one in a million kind of person,” Sirmans said. “(She was) just so special.”
“It’s not a coincidence that two of her kids are teachers now, because she’s so inspiring,” Gerald said.
The Duval County school district said that school psychologists will be on campus Monday to support students and faculty.
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