HOUSTON The mother of a young woman who was murdered after accepting a ride from a stranger is pleading for help to findher daughter's killer.

A homeless man found the body of Raquel Mundy, 24, last Friday in a field in the 300 block of St. Charles.

Mundy had dropped her mom and two kids off at the Greyhound bus station downtown around 1:30 a.m. Thursday. She then discovered her car had been towed from a McDonald s parking lot across the street.

Mundy tried to call friends and relatives, but couldn t find anyone to give her a ride to the tow lot. Witnesses saw her get into a grey car with an unknown man, according to police.

Mundy later sent a text message to her mother saying she thought she was in danger and feared the man was going to hurt her.

Angela Collins was still on the bus to California with her two grandchildren when she got the disturbing message.

She tried frantically to reach Mundy. Collins then called several relatives and asked them to try to find Mundy.

By the time the bus arrived in California, there was still no sign of her daughter.

Next call we got, they had found the body. It was my baby, Collins said as she choked back tears. This man took away my baby.

An autopsy revealed Mundy had been strangled.

Mundy, her daughters and mother moved to Galveston in May to begin a new life.

Mundy planned to start college Thursday to become a medical assistant.

She told Facebook friends that she was looking forward to a fresh start. Tomorrow is a big day. I start school at ten am. Yes betterin my self and my girls along the way, Mundy wrote.

The single mother s Facebook profile described her two daughters as my world.

Without them,i would be lost, she wrote. im blessed to have my two beautifulgurls.

Now Angela Collins will have to explain to the girls why their mother will not be around to watch them grow up.

Policeare asking anyone with information on the case to contact HPD Homicide at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

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