NEW ORLEANS - Family members said Tanyana Elliot, 33, would have done anything for her two children. That's why, when she went missing from her New Orleans East home Monday night, they knew something was wrong. Her 12-year-old son was the last known person to see her alive.
"I knew she wasn't coming back. Because she [doesn't] leave her kids and she's not going to leave without her vehicle, so she had to be taken somewhere unwillingly, she didn't just leave," said Elliot's sister, Sharon Smith.
After two days of searching, police found Elliot's body inside a pick up truck at the Wind Run apartment complex, about five minutes from her home. Smith said it's a step toward closure, but a difficult one.
"Through all these days it's been hard," said Smith. "And then to find that she's actually really dead and the way she died is unbelievable."
Smith said the pick up truck does not belong to her sister.
Police said the truck may have been parked with Elliot's body inside for several days. They said Elliot was shot multiple times and the autopsy confirmed death by gunshot wounds.
"A dog didn't deserve that," said Smith. "That's a cold hearted person."
Smith said Elliot had one connection to the apartment complex; she worked as a home hairdresser and had clients who live there.
Smith said there was no sign of forced entry at Elliot's home the night she went missing, but Elliot's keys and cell phone were gone. Smith said Elliot gave no indication she planned to leave home that night, and said good night to her children as usual.
"That was her world," said Elliot's sister, Sharon Smith, as she held a photo of Elliot and her children. "To take her from these children, it's sad. It's really sad."
Smith said her sister planned to get married next month and had just celebrated a birthday.
"I'm going to miss her, I promise you I'm going to miss her," said Smith, who now lives in Atlanta. "I don't feel like nothing is left here anymore for me because she's gone."
Meanwhile, police have interviewed Elliot's fiance, who reported her missing. At this point, they haven't named any persons of interest.
If you have any information, you're asked to call police or Crimestoppers 504-822-1111.