AUSTELL, Ga. — Police are investigating the death of a woman whose body was found in the woods near a burned-out vehicle.
Investigators identified the victim as 22-year-old Beauty Couch, an Instagram influencer who lived in Austell. Police confirmed to Channel 2 Cobb County Bureau Chief Michele Newell that they suspect foul play in Couch’s death.
Around 12:18 p.m. Wednesday, Austell Fire responded to a brush fire off Joe Jerkins Blvd and Landers Street. Firefighters found a vehicle burned out, put the fire out and had the vehicle towed to a wrecker yard.
Austell police went to the address that belonged to the vehicle’s owner. Investigators were told that Couch, the owner’s adopted daughter, drove the vehicle usually and no one had seen her since Tuesday.
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Police went back to Joe Jerkins Blvd and Landers Street and found Couch’s body in the wood line. It’s unclear how she died.
Newell was at the Cobb County Police Department Thursday night, where she spoke to the victim’s heartbroken biological mother.
“She was a sweet girl, she never bothered nobody,” Kimberly Couch said. “She never bothered nobody. She was a friend to everybody. She loved going skating. She loved going to work. She loved her clothes. She loved wearing her hair so pretty.”
Couch, who was known as Beauty Katera, was a roller skating influencer with nearly 150,000 followers. She posted videos of herself dancing and skating at the rink.
Alex Hayes with the Austell Police Department said if they had not gone back to check for more clues, they may never have found Couch’s body.
“And if the car wasn’t set on fire, it could’ve been years before it was found,” Hayes said.
Couch said a piece of her is gone.
“They took a part of my life from me. They took a part of my heart,” Couch said. “I want them to pay for what they did to my baby.”
It’s unclear if police have any leads on a suspect.
No suspects have been named. Police are asking anyone with information to contact their tip line at 770-499-4111.
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