The body of Delia Raskin Goldin, a 52-year-old Argentine national who was a senior editor at the Pan American Health Organization and was last seen 10 days ago, was discovered in her car in an Alexandria church parking lot last night, an apparent suicide, city police said.

Goldin, who lived in the 5500 block of Holmes Run Parkway in Alexandria, was reported missing by relatives after she failed to return home after leaving work May 3.

Police spokeswoman Lucy Crockett said Goldin's car was discovered about 7 last night in the parking lot of Fairlington Presbyterian Church, 3846 King St.

"It appears {Goldin} used a flammable liquid and set {herself} afire in the car," Crockett said. She said Goldin appears to have died from suffocation as a result of the flames.

The day she vanished Goldin was to have dinner with her youngest son, Jack, 27, who had just returned from Argentina.

This week friends and family said Goldin had recently been depressed about her work, but her oldest son, Javier, 28, said her disappearance was "very unusual behavior -- that's why it's so disconcerting."

Goldin had been employed at the Pan American Health Organization, a regional office of the World Health Organization, for 13 years.