LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Louisville's latest murder victim is a mother of three, the youngest just eight months old.
Louisville Metro Police identified the victim as 38-year-old Tiffany Thompson.
Business partner and longtime friend Lori Hargis said, "Tiffany is an extremely loving person, always had a positive outlook on life. she was all about her children."
A passerby found Thompson bleeding on the sidewalk off new La Grange road around 6am Saturday. By Monday police started asking for the public's help solving the case. In a call for tips Lt. Emily McKinley, head of the LMPD Homicide Unit said, " I don't believe this was random."
A number of detectives and the LMPD Crime Scene Truck spent much of Saturday at a home on New La Grange Road -- not far from where the body was found. Forensic investigators were seen coming and going from the house. But interviews with neighbors and witnesses turned up few leads in the normally quiet suburban neighborhood not far from Oxmoor Center.
Thompson did not live in the community where her body was found. Lt. McKinley said, "We don't believe she was dumped there. We believe the incident happened right where she was found."
Hargis explained "Tiffany had been hanging out with someone who lived in the area and had been out that evening with that person and was leaving their house when this happened."
Thompson endured a tough year. The tanning salon she owned with Hargis recently closed and court records reveal an ongoing divorce with the father of her newborn baby girl. The couple filed competing restraining orders, both hurling claims of domestic violence. Lt. McKinley said Thompson's ex is NOT a suspect. "I don't believe that this is domestic related."
Hargis said, " Divorce is always messy when you are talking about the custody of the children but I think Alex very much loved Tiffany and he just wants to find whoever did this to her."
For the children loved ones are begging for answers, for someone to uncover the truth. "Someone like Tiffany this beautiful girl and a very good area of town murdered is absolutely devastating. There is something very fishy going on here and we hope someone will come forward and have justice for Tiffany and her family."
Hargis set up an account at Commonwealth Bank and on the crowd funding website to help with funeral and future expenses for Thompson's children. It's under the name "Tears for Tiffany."
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