Body found in trunk of car in Queens identified as missing mom

FLUSHING, N.Y. (WABC) -- A decomposing body found inside the trunk of a car in Queens has been identified as that of a young mother who recently disappeared.

Police say the body discovered Thursday night in Flushing is that of 28-year old Angie Escobar.

Autopsy results determined she had been murdered, with multiple stab wounds to the head, neck, torso and upper extremities.

Investigators went to the home of her boyfriend, 30-year old Luis Zambrano, who is now the subject of a manhunt.

Zambrano was last seen driving the victim's car, which was found about a block away from his home just after 8:30 p.m. Thursday, parked at the corner of Murray Street and 22nd Street.

"She's a responsible mother, a responsible worker, a hard worker," sister Amy Escobar said. "Somebody had messaged our family saying the last time they were at the Mirage nightclub, they had gone back to where he lives in Whitestone. They heard yelling and a woman crying, and at 4 in the morning, they saw him walk out of the house alone with her car."

Police canvassed the neighborhood looking for eyewitnesses and video that may offer clues.

"My sister was a beautiful woman, inside and out," Amy Escobar said. "She was a beautiful mother."

The body was found in the trunk, with the victim suffering multiple stab wounds to the torso. The body was so badly decomposed that an autopsy was needed to make the positive identification.

As relatives waited to hear if Angie Escobar's body was the one that has been found, they already were fearing the worst, that they have lost their sister, daughter and mother to two young boys.

"It sunk in the worst way possible," dad Michael Alvarez said. "Just to know that the way she passed away, in the back of a car."

In the meantime, Angie's sister Amy is taking care of the children.

"And now I will have to raise them as my own," she said. "And I will. I promise her that I will."
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