A missing woman in Maine was found dead on the morning of October 21, hanging from a tree. Now police are investigating if her disappearance is connected to another missing female. The search for Lisa Marie Cox, 30, had been ongoing since the morning of October 20, she was last seen the previous night having fought with her boyfriend.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Investigators Believe She Committed Suicide
On the morning of October 21, the Maine Warden Service recalled searchers from the Brunswick-area, just saying the search for Cox was “no longer active.” Around an hour later, Portland Press Herald reporter Eric Russell tweeted that Cox’s body had been found hanging from a tree and that it was “presumed suicide.” WCSH reports that she was found 150 feet from where she was last seen.
2. There Are Conflicting Reports About Whether Cox Was Living in Brunswick
The Bangor Daily News reported that Brunswick police Commander Mark Waltz had told the media that investigators were receiving conflicting information about Cox’s disappearance. One such piece of information was reports that Cox had moved to the Brunswick area from her home in Dallas or that she was just visiting. Cox is a native of Brunswick and had been staying along Maquoit Road in the town, reports Central Maine.
3. She Fought With Her Boyfriend, Evan Mongaras, Just Prior to Disappearing
Commander Waltz told the media that after arguing with her boyfriend on the night of October 19, she stormed out of their home “barefoot, wearing a navy blue sweater and dark blue skirt with leggings — but without her cellphone or glasses.” Waltz added that she was “very upset and may not have been thinking clearly.” It was the owners of the home who reported her missing on the morning of October 20, after waking up to find her missing and her boyfriend there. He told investigators that after their fight, he went into the home’s garage. On his Facebook page, a man named Evan Mongaras says that he in a relationship with Cox.
4. In July 2015, She Wrote on Facebook ‘God Is Truly Answering the Cravings of My Heart’
On July 14, Cox posted a photo to Facebook that was a collage of her with a man, in the comments section of that picture she wrote:
I am so blessed!!! God is truly answering the cravings of my heart; I never knew I could be worthy of true love, but I wasn’t letting the Lord have my heart either… Now that I am filled with Him and His love everything I hoped for but thought I could never have is really possible!!!
On her page, Cox frequently quotes scripture and mentions the bible. At the Facebook page for the Kingdom Culture Ministries, Evan Mongaras wrote a review in October 2014, saying “This house is the real deal! The Fathers heart is all over this family… Love it.”
5. Police Are Investigating a Connection Between Cox & Sarah Meade
The Portland Press Herald reports on the morning of October 21 that police in Brunswick are searching for another missing woman, Sarah Meade, 34. Investigators believe that she could be missing against her will. Meade is thought to be with her 5-year-old son who goes by Joseph Katula, reports WCSH. The boy’s father is also named Joseph Katula. After a 24 hour long search, Meade returned to Maine saying she went on an unannounced trip with her son.
According to a Facebook post from the Westford, Massachusetts, Police Department, Meade was seen in Westford but is not thought to have any connections to the area.