Body Found Strangled, Bagged in Trunk of Car Likely Missing Mother of 3: Cops

The body was found in a parked car near 61st Street and 47th Avenue

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    Police are searching for a killer after the mother of three was found strangled to death in a bag in the trunk of her car. Her grieving husband spoke to reporters Tuesday. Marc Santia reports.

    Police are investigating after a body believed to be that of a missing mother of three was found strangled to death in a bag in the trunk of her car in Queens.
    Authorities believe the dead woman is 42-year-old Young Joo Byun, who was reported missing by her ex-husband, with whom she lives along with their children, after she did not return home from work last Friday, law enforcement sources told NBC 4 New York. 

    Police say surveillance cameras show Byun, of Flushing, leaving the bakery distribution warehouse on 55th Avenue where she works at about 4 a.m. Cameras did not capture her getting into her blue Honda Civic.

    Her body was found in the trunk of her car, parked about two miles away, on Monday. She was wearing the same clothes she had been wearing when last seen on surveillance cameras, according to law enforcement sources.

    Byun's ex-husband, Jae-yun Cha, told NBC 4 New York she worked the overnight shift as a cook at the bakery distribution center and that she had only gone back to work about three years ago, to help earn money to provide a better life for their two daughters, ages 15 and 14, and their 7-year-old son.

    The college sweethearts met in Korea while studying architecture and moved to Louisiana in 1999, three years after they got married, Cha said. After another three years, they moved to New York City.

    Though they divorced a year ago, Cha said he and Byun were about to remarry -- and now he has to support their three children on his own, he said. He said he hasn't told his children their mother is dead.

    "As a Christian we have to forgive, but I can't," Cha said, referring to whoever killed Byun. 

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