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Malibu Woman’s Missing Car Found As Mystery Of Her Death Deepens

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Was Katie Wilkins killed for her car? (credit: The Wilkins Family)

Was Katie Wilkins killed for her car? (credit: The Wilkins Family)

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MALIBU (CBS) — The mysterious death of a 25-year-old Malibu woman continues to confound authorities as new wrinkles in the case continue to appear.

Katherine Wilkins’ missing car turned up Wednesday in Woodland Hills. Investigators have not said if the find gives them any more clarity on the graphic designer’s death.

Wilkins’ body was found in the garage of her Malibu home almost two weeks ago.

Sheriff’s deputies said, almost immediately, that there was apparently no foul play involved.

But almost from the moment her body was found last month, family and friends wanted to know why Wilkins’ 1998 BMW Z3 was missing.

The car turned up yesterday. Juan Fernandez, reporting for CBS2 and KCAL9, says that a parking enforcement officer spotted the car for the second time in two weeks on a residential street in Woodland Hills.

Detectives are now processing the car for evidence. Meanwhile, reports, Fernandez, a grieving family waits for any kind of clues or answers.

KNX 1070′s John Brooks reports that investigators are looking to question Christopher A. Benton, son of Pepperdine president Andrew K. Benton. They do not consider the 27-year-old Benton a suspect, but would like to question him about any information he might have about the young woman’s final hours.

Benton is in drug rehab but is believed to be the last person who came in contact with Wilkins. He has also reportedly hired an attorney and, so far, has refused to talk to investigators.

In response to a KCAL9 inquiry seeking comment, Benton did send us a letter. In it he called his friend’s death “a tragedy … and I’d like to be helpful, but I don’t know anything beyond what I’m reading in the press.”

Fernandez showed the letter to Wilkins’s parents. It didn’t give them the closure they were looking for. Said her mother, “No parent should be going through this.”

Steve Wilkins, Katherine’s brother, has acknowledged that his sister had prior addiction problems involving heroin and cocaine.

RELATED LINK: Detectives: No Foul Play In Death Of 25-Year-Old Malibu Woman

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