Police: Divers may have found body of missing woman in Lake Pleasant

Phoenix police said the woman whose body was recovered from Lake Pleasant may be that of missing woman Taylorlyn Nelson.

PEORIA, Ariz. - A Border Patrol search and rescue team found a woman's body Wednesday during a dive at Lake Pleasant, according to Phoenix police.

The body was found in an area where missing woman Taylorlyn Nelson was believed to be.

Nelson, 21, went missing in March, and her boyfriend Kodi Bowe, 27, was arrested in April for first-degree murder in the case.

Police said it will take "some time" for the medical examiner's office to identify the body.

It's not clear if the Border Patrol divers were specifically looking for Nelson's body or if they came across it during a dive intended for another target.

While the medical examiner checks out the remains, family members are making funeral arrangements.

“She was just a fun, beautiful girl,” Mary said.

Taylorlyn Nelson's mom Natalie, grandmother Mary and sister Ashley miss so much about her.

“I think the hardest thing was when this first happened, you just expect them to walk in the door like they always did,” Mary said.

Now Mary knows for sure, her granddaughter won't be coming home but the family tells us a memorial they've put up in the front yard will stay put.

“Her pictures just tell who she is loving joyful bright funny,” Natalie said.

Her family says that sparkling personality changed four months into Taylor's relationship with Bowe.

“She loved him so much that as much as she loved us, she wasn't going to come home,” Mary said.

Now the family says he's the reason she never will.

Police arrested him in April for Taylorlyn's murder. Also arrested were his younger brother Maxx Bowe and a 51-year-old friend of theirs named Kerrie Quaintance.

Taylorlyn's mom says Quaintance had the boat they used to take Taylorlyn's remains to the lake.

Family says Taylorlyn had a tattoo that said "family first" and she took those words to heart. They believe she didn't leave Kodi out of fear that he would hurt them.

After five months of agony, they now turn their attention to honoring Taylorlyn through domestic violence outreach.

“That is one of our goals: To be able to help domestic violence people, as well tell her story so no one else ever has to go through what she did,” Natalie said

Family also told us they saw Taylor covered in bruises during her relationship with Kodi Bowe and now they're prepared to be in court every day when he faces charges for first-degree murder, abandoning a dead body and tampering with evidence.

You can donate to help cover the cost of the funeral through the family's GoFundMe page.

You can stay updated on details of a public memorial service and domestic violence outreach by liking this Facebook page.

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