Police say Navy wife who went missing two years ago was murdered after finding body

Elizabeth Sullivan (San Diego Police Department)

A US Navy wife who went missing two years ago -and was found in a California canal in October of this year- has been ruled the victim of a homicide, police said on Wednesday.

31-year-old Elizabeth Sullivan’s badly-decomposed body was found in San Diego on October 4th of this year- over two years since she was reported missing in October of 2014. An autopsy confirmed the body to be that of Sullivan.

“Our goal is to solve this case, and it’s only a small part in our effort to figure out what happened, but being able to (tell the family)- at least there’s a bit of closure,” San Diego Police Department Lieutenant Mike Holden said.

Lieutenant Holden would not divulge information as to the nature of the death being labeled a homicide, nor when Sullivan was allegedly killed.

Sullivan was the mother of two young girls and was last heard from on October 13th, 2014. Her disappearance considered out of character, police were concerned.

Family members raised thousands of dollars through crowdfunding in an effort to find her, posting thousands of posters and business cards and offering a cash reward. Even a private investigator was hired, but efforts turned up nothing.

“Unfortunately law enforcement and a private detective that has taken on our case have still not been able to find a trace of Elizabeth,” the crowdfunding page said.

According to the San Diego Union Tribune, investigators notified Sullivan’s husband and immediate family.

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