Kendra Lyn, NBC 5 News
26-year-old Elisa Tranise Johnson was found dead inside her apartment at Williamsburg Apartments in the 2400 block of South Carrier Parkway in Grand Prairie. Her daughter was left alone with her body.
Grand Prairie police say someone killed a young mother and left her toddler alone with her body.
Neighbors at the Williamsburg Apartments found a little girl wandering alone on Saturday and called the police.
Officers searched the complex for the child's mom and soon discovered the child's apartment door open with her mother, identified by the Dallas County medical examiner as Elisa Johnson, dead inside.
Crime scene tape remains at the residence Monday, but much of what happened inside the apartment remains a mystery. Police are not revealing much about the investigation, including how much of her mother's murder the child may have seen or how she died.
Investigators did reveal they’re working to piece together a time line of the final hours and moments of Johnson’s life.
Meanwhile, a candle burns and a memorial grows outside of Johnson’s apartment. Like many Grand Prairie neighbors, Darryl Floyd is heartbroken to think what may have happened inside.
“I was shocked,” said Floyd. "Especially if she was in there for a couple of days. I’m shocked."
Neighbors said whoever took a single mom away from her little girl, needs to be punished.
"She just needs a hug. Whoever did this is going where they belong. I promise you that,” Floyd said.
The murder is the city’s 11th so far in 2013.