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Body identified as Riverdale mother

Police have identified the body found in Jonesboro, Wednesday night, as a Riverdale single mother of two, and are asking for the public's help in finding her killer.

Riverdale Police Chief Samuel Patterson said Rochelle Alisha Thomas, 30, was found dead 40 to 50 feet behind a building at Harmony Crossroads Apartments, on Tara Boulevard.

Jonesboro Police Chief Franklin Allen said the partially-clothed body was discovered about 7 p.m., Wednesday.

The two chiefs have called in the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to lead the inquiry into Thomas' death. Thomas was reported missing by her mother when she failed to meet her two grade-school-aged children at the bus stop earlier Wednesday afternoon, said Patterson.

"A neighbor saw her in the morning, taking her kids to the bus stop," said Patterson. "But she did not get them off the bus later that day."

The men were tight-lipped on other details.

"We don't want to compromise the investigation," said Patterson. "We know she was murdered, but we don't have specific leads to who the perpetrator is."

Thomas' vehicle also has been found, but the men declined to release the location, or the type of vehicle. The vehicle is being processed by the GBI. Officers executed a search warrant at her home in an effort to collect evidence that could lead to an arrest.

Police are also looking for her cell phone to find clues to her movements that day.

They were also mum on Thomas' work history.

"We can't verify her employment, or unemployment," said Allen. "We just learned her identification and are looking into her background. We're being very diligent about this case."

Thomas is not unknown to metro Atlanta law enforcement agencies, however. According to the DeKalb County Online Judicial System, Thomas was arrested twice in November 2010 on two counts of prostitution and keeping a place of prostitution.

She has arrested in Fulton County in 2008 and 2009 on forgery charges. She was arrested in Cobb County in 2008 on multiple drug violations, with a co-defendant.

She was convicted in 2009 in Clayton County State Court for giving a false name, and put on probation and community service.

Allen reassured the public that the killing was likely not random.

"There are indicators that the parties knew each other," he said.

Anyone with information about the death, should call (770) 909-5423.

“We’re asking for the public’s help in getting us information,” said Patterson. “Because someone out there knows something.”