ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) - St. Louis County police say a man and woman found dead in a car Monday are an Olivette couple who went missing on Thursday.
Police said Igor Zhukov, 47, and Michele Laws, 43 were found in a car in a secluded ravine near the 300 block of Bluff Drive in Riverview just after 2:35 p.m. The couple was found in a black 2010 Nissan Sentra, the car they were last spotted in on Thursday.
Their deaths are being investigated as a double homicide.
Michele’s mother, Ruth Laws, said she last saw her daughter on Thursday. She said she helps Zhukov run a buy-and-sell cell phone business and often meets people to make the exchange.
She said Michele told her the two were meeting someone at a QuikTrip in Riverview Thursday but never heard from them after that.
“They got together in his car and went to QuikTrip and that was the end of their lives, it was like a set up, I believe,” said Laws.
Laws said her daughter and Zhukov have two children and have dated for 15 years. Laws said officers came to her door shortly after the discovery.
“They came in and said ‘we have some bad news for you’ and I lost my energy right there, so they told me they found a couple people in the car and we think this is who we were looking for all the time,” said Laws.
Autopsies were performed on Tuesday. Those results have not yet been made public.
If you have any information, contact CrimeStoppers at 1-866-371-8477.