PHOENIX (3 TV / CBS 5) -- A Phoenix father is searching for answers after his 18-year-old daughter was found dead in a west Phoenix office building last Thursday.

[WATCH: Phoenix dad looks for answers after his missing daughter was found dead]

"I don't know what she was doing there,” said Jimmie Alston. “I don't even know who she was with. I don't know. I don't know."

According to Phoenix police, a cleaning crew found Jaelynn Alston’s body after noticing a “foul odor” coming from a room. Police say she had been dead for several days and had extensive injuries.

[ORIGINAL STORY: Police ID 18-year-old woman dead for days before body found inside Phoenix office]

"She was a baby. She was nothing but a baby, man. She just turned 18,” Jimmie said.

According to her father, Jaelynn would often hang out in west Phoenix, and it wasn’t unusual for her to be gone for a few days at a time. But he says she’d usually update him through Facebook.

“We'd communicate like that. And she didn't communicate with me. That's why I was suspicious. Like, something ain't right,” Jimmie said.

Jimmie says the last time he saw his daughter in person was on Jan. 1, though she’d been active on Facebook until Jan. 4. On Jan. 9, after not hearing from his daughter for five days, Jimmie says he filed a missing person’s report with the Phoenix Police Department.

But a week later, Jimmie says his worst fear had been realized. "I wouldn't wish this pain on nobody,” Jimmie said.

Jimmie says Jaelynn had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, and would sometimes get herself into confrontations. Still, he says Jaelynn had dreams of one day becoming a nurse, and was a loving daughter.

He hopes someone will come forward to Phoenix police with information that can help catch the person who killed Jaelynn.

"We were real close,” Jimmie said about his relationship with his daughter. “So, they took a big part of me -- [a] big chunk of me."


Copyright 2020 KPHO/KTVK (KPHO Broadcasting Corporation). All rights reserved.


Recommended for you