The woman whose body was found Aug. 1 in a creek in Prince George’s County was identified Monday as Shavon Phillips, who vanished from the District after dropping off her child at a day-care center.
Police have described the matter as suspicious and said it is being investigated by homicide detectives. But no cause of death was immediately reported for the 22-year-old Northeast Washington woman. She had last been seen July 30 in the 400 block of 61st Street NE, where the day-care center is located.
She was found two days later in a creek in the Fort Washington area of Prince George’s County, authorities said.
County police spokeswoman Julie Parker said the investigation into the death was continuing. No details were given.
A brother praised Phillips Monday as “a good mother” to her two children.
“Her kids were her first priority,” said Bobby Phillips.
An aunt, Yolanda Beynum, agreed, saying Phillips had completed training at a nursing school and had just been hired for a new job as a housekeeper at a hotel. Otherwise, she said, the child would have been with Phillips and not at day care, Beynum said.
“I don’t know what happened or what she could possibly have done to anyone,” the aunt said.
Phillips’s body was found by police about 8:30 p.m. Aug. 1. They said someone had spotted it in a creek in the 12200 block of Braemer Circle.
Although days passed before the identification was made, Beynum said she knew immediately that something was amiss. Her niece would never have intentionally left her children, she said.
The aunt urged that anyone with information call Prince George’s police detectives.
“I love her,” her brother said. “She’s gone, but not forgotten.”