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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Friends and family have come forward, saying the 18-year-old woman found dead in a car in a Columbia Heights impound lot is their loved one.

On Thursday, the body of an adult woman was found in a vehicle in an impound lot in Columbia Heights. Police say the car had been towed from an apartment complex in Brooklyn Park back on Feb. 13. The private towing company did not notice anything suspicious. According to police, the body was "concealed inside the passenger compartment."

Police have declined to give any more details, pending autopsy results and "to protect the integrity of the very preliminary investigation." But they have confirmed the victim is believed to be an 18-year-old woman from St. Paul.

Meantime, friends and family have strongly weighed in on the case, saying it is their loved one who died.

Friends say 18-year-old Brittany Clardy first disappeared on Feb. 11. Her family was reportedly later contacted and told that she was found dead in the Columbia Heights lot, according to friends.

"I'm so confused. I'm so confused and shocked at the same time," said Quintin Jackson, a friend.

Jackson described Clardy as a "beautiful" woman with a warm smile and bright future.

"She lived life, but she didn't get a chance to live life. She didn't get a chance to get married and have kids," he said.

"She had a huge heart. She was very kind, sweet, friendly," said Taqoyia Wells, another friend, adding, "She had a very beautiful smile, one of the most beautiful smiles I've ever seen. And she will truly be missed."

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