Family of woman found dead in Ponte Vedra search for answers

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The family of a Jacksonville woman who's body was found in Ponte Vedra Sunday say they are desperately searching for answers. St. Johns County Police are now waiting on toxicology and forensic evidence from the autopsy and continue to investigate Yilka Eusea's death. Her body was found in a neighborhood off of North Ponte Vedra Boulevard. Eusea's brother, Rob Ellenwood tells First Coast News her car was found at her Jacksonville home on Old Baymeadows Road so they have no idea how she could have ended up in Ponte Vedra.

"It's not like her," said Ellenwood. "She wouldn't just disappear on her own."

Eusea was last seen walking home Tuesday, June 3 from one of her two jobs. Ellenwood says his only sister was a hardworking and happy person.

"When the news came that her body was found it was a shocker," said Ellenwood.

Eusea's mother reported her 50 year old daughter missing on Friday. Two days later, someone walking their dog in the 800 block of North Ponte Vedra Boulevard found Eusea's body.

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"There's too many questions and not enough answers."

Ellenwood says sleeping pill packages were found around Eusea's body. In a JSO incident report her mother stated "that she has been stressed out, due to working two jobs and being tired."

During the day Eusea worked at Convergys and I-Hop at night.

"The type of person she is I don't think she would take her own life," said Ellenwood. "She had too much to live for. She was happy."

The mother of two described as the life of the party who always wore a smile, leaves behind two grown sons. Ellenwood says no note has been found nor did she display any warning signs.

And as he waits on edge, so do those who live nearby.

"You just naturally want to know what happened so that if we have an issue in our community or if this was just an accident," said Ponte Vedra resident Diana Fox.

"It's just hard to believe she's gone," said Ellenwood. "Time definitely flies by just appreciate every moment because you never know."

Eusea's coworkers have taken to social media describing her as a kind and pleasant person. "We were saddened to learn of Yilka's death. She worked for Convergys for 10 years and will be greatly missed," Krista M Boyle/Convergys VP Global Brand & Communications.

Autopsy results are expected in two to three weeks. Ellenwood is asking people who live in the 800 block of North Ponte Vedra Boulevard to take a look at their surveillance cameras or come forward with any information. Call crimestoppers at 1-866-845-tips you can remain anonymous and could get a cash reward.


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