Cedar Park police investigate suspicious death




Posted on September 10, 2009 at 9:25 PM

Updated Monday, May 13 at 11:02 AM

CEDAR PARK, Texas -- A yellow rose and a purple flower now lay in the spot where 27-year-old Jessika Kalaher's body was found.

"Knowing that I actually parked in the parking spot gave me chills and I'm very cautious about not parking there now," shopper Danielle Requa said.

Family members say Kalaher was hoping to be an elementary teacher. She was working at H.E.B. until she landed that perfect job. It was her not showing up for work Monday morning that sent loved ones searching. They found her body inside her car in a strip center off of FM 1431 in Cedar Park later that afternoon.

Police now believe foul play was involved, but still no cause.

"Right now there are no visible signs of trauma and unfortunately toxicology reports take so long to get back, three weeks four weeks, it's hard to say what's in her system if anything," Captain Mike Harmon said.

On Thursday police released images of a person of interest. The man appears to be entering a store. Police won't tell us which one. He is described as white, 20 to 30 years of age, around six feet tall and has a medium build.

He was spotted on surveillance cameras driving a maroon, older model, single cab truck with a chrome strip on the tailgate.

Family members say Kalaher's last stop was a store to pick up dog food Sunday night. Until the case is closed officers have this warning for the public.

"When you're in shopping center parking lots, park under well lit areas. If you're shopping at night and you're by your self have someone escort you to your vehicle," Harmon said.

Some say let Kalaher's death be a reminder that we must also look out for others.

"This shouldn't have happened. Somebody should've noticed someone coming out of her car there's just a lot of things people need to wake up and take notice of their surroundings," Cedar Park resident Pam Rader said.

If you can help police solve this case, call 512-528-8067.

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