Dallas police are trying to determine how a 22-year-old hairdresser ended up dead in the driver’s seat of her burning car early Friday morning.
Firefighters found the body of Elizabeth Lightfoot at about 2:30 a.m. after putting out the fire.
"She had everything going for her," said Arden Keshishian, her former boss at Salon D in far North Dallas. "I don't know why this happened. It's horrible."
Keshishian said Lightfoot went out for a girls' night with some of the other stylists from his salon on Thursday.
"They went to a restaurant down the street from here, which they normally do," he said. "It wasn't anything crazy -- they left at 12, and everyone made it home but her."
Firefighters responded to the car fire in the parking lot of a small strip center in the 16000 block of Preston Road.
"The fire at the scene made it impossible to determine the cause of death," police Sgt. Warren Mitchell said. "At this time, we're waiting on answers from the medical examiner's office."
"Elizabeth was a kind, considerate and beautiful young woman who needs everyone's help now," said her mother, Barbara Lightfoot.
She is urging anyone with information to call police.
"Everyone loved her," she said.
According to Elizabeth Lightfoot's Facebook page, she had a boyfriend and recently started a job at Salon Republic in Addison.
Her body was discovered less than a mile from the salon.
Investigators said they are talking with several people who knew her.
"It would be really hard to imagine some random person," Keshishian said. "I would look at people she knows, the people closest to her."
Anyone with information in the case is asked to call the Dallas Police Department Homicide Unit at 214-671-3661.