After the two models were found dead in their respective Los Angeles apartments within two days of one another, the Los Angeles police department told NBC News Sept. 18 that the cases were unrelated. However, when contacted by E! News the following day, authorities confirmed they are “investigating all avenues” but have not been able to verified whether the cases are connected.
Authorities were first alerted to the death of Nichole, 32, who was discovered in her Los Angeles apartment on Sept. 10 by her father and aunt after not being in contact for several days. Two days later, Maleesa, 31, another model and real estate agent, was also found dead in her residence less than three miles away.
Police are formally treating Maleesa’s case as a murder, according to local outlet KTLA, while Nichole’s death is currently classified as “suspicious.”
For Nichole’s family, the similarities in the cases have led them to believe that the incidents are not coincidental.