HENRICO Co., Va. (WWBT) - A Henrico family continues to search for answers after their loved one was found dead in Richmond after she was reported missing for more than a month.
On Feb. 24, At’Taysiyah “Tajah” Dye, 24, was found dead in a car off Glenlea Avenue.
On Tuesday, a woman with the Chief Medical Examiner’s Office said Tajah’s cause and manner of death were pending.
Henrico County and Richmond police are conducting a joint investigation into the matter after Tajah was last heard from on Jan. 19.
Richmond police did not have any new information to release Tuesday, but the 24-year-old’s family is trying to stay strong as they search for answers.
A breath – it is how Cecilia Dye has been trying to handle the last month and a half since her daughter Tajah went missing.
“I just try to breathe,” Dye said.
Tajah turned 24 on Feb. 11. While her family celebrated without her, Tajah’s disappearance and lack of contact with family were out of character.
“I would take care of her and she would take care of me,” Dye said. “She would not leave me; she would not let me know that she’s okay. She would have contacted me, she would have gotten in contact with me.”
Now those questions have only risen after Tajah was found dead in a car parked on Glenlea Avenue in Richmond.
“We are all hurt; we are all heartbroken but we’re all together as a family - we’re strong,” Dye said. “Tajah is a strong individual and she would want us to be strong and stay strong.”
Authorities have not released specific details about Tajah’s disappearance, but family believes there are multiple people in the community who have information.
“She didn’t do this to herself,” Dye said. “She was with people, and those people know. I would like for those people to come forward.”
As the investigation continues, the family, along with United Communities Against Crime, plans to hold a celebration of life Friday at 4 p.m. at Jefferson Park in the neighborhood she grew up in.
“We just wanted it to be in between,” Dye said. “Where both [communities] could come and she will be high on top of the city and we can celebrate her life.”
And remember the love she had for friends, family and the bond with her mother.
“Happy Mother’s Day,” read Makeisha Dye, Tajah’s aunt. “Thank you for always sticking in my corner, right or wrong, and loving me unconditionally. For that, I will never put a soul before you. Love you Ma.”
“That’s so true,” Dye said.
The 2020 Mother’s Day Card was handmade by Tajah; jewels glued on the purple construction paper with an outline of her hand.
“She was a fun-loving, happy, energetic,” Dye said. “She was a go-getter; she would get up and don’t make no excuses. She would help you as a friend, give you great advice… she was very witty and smart; very intelligent.”
Those memories are difficult to handle at times, but Dye is taking them one breath at a time.
“We just want justice for her; we truly do,” she said.
A GoFundMe has been created to help the family pay for funeral expenses. Donations can also be made to Manning Funeral Home.
Anyone with information about this death investigation is asked to call Major Crimes Detective J. Crewell at (804) 646-5234 or Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000. The P3 Tips Crime Stoppers app for smartphones also may be used. All Crime Stoppers reporting methods are anonymous.
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