Woman found dead in Desoto County identified

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DESOTO COUNTY, Miss. -- The Memphis woman discovered dead next to a burning car in Desoto County has been identified.

According to the Desoto County Sheriff's Department, the victim is 30-year-old Lashanda Otis.

They said she was shot in the head and left on the side of the road.

The sickening crime has left her family heartbroken and confused.

"We couldn`t believe she would have any enemies that would want to hurt her cause she never did anything to nobody."

The victim's older sister, Aretha Otis, spoke to WREG by phone from her home in Helena-West Helena on Wednesday.

"She was a very sweet person. She would help you out anyway she could help out. She was caring. I mean if she could be there for you she was there."

With little information, Aretha said she just wants to know what happened to her baby sister.

WREG discovered Lashanda's boyfriend filed a missing persons report with Memphis Police Tuesday morning. He said he hadn't seen her since around 1 p.m. Monday when he left their place at the Bent Tree Apartments for work. When he came home Monday evening around 11 p.m., Lashanda and his car were gone.

Twenty-one miles away in Mississippi, a passerby was traveling down Graves Road Monday evening when he spotted a Chevrolet Impala on fire. When deputies arrived at the scene around 10:45 p.m., they found Lashanda several feet away with a gunshot wound to the head and burns.

She had three children and was reportedly two-months pregnant at the time of her death.

So far, Desoto County detectives have not said if they have any suspects or anyone in custody.

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