A Georgia mother of two was found dead Monday with a gunshot wound after allegedly being kidnapped. Authorities said that the abduction led to a police chase and four people were arrested.

The body of Tameka Skinner, 39, was found in a wooded area of Russell County, Alabama, a few miles from where her stolen car was recovered earlier in the day, Sheriff Heath Taylor said at a news conference. Authorities are yet to determine a motive behind the incident.

“Right now, we are working on it," Taylor told the media, according to TV station WRBL. "We may have some ideas on what the motive is, but we are awaiting on evidence to determine what our motive is going to be."

Skinner was kidnapped from an apartment complex in Columbus by a group of attackers who allegedly took her vehicle. During the abduction, the woman's male friend was also assaulted. But he was left behind when the kidnappers allegedly fled with the woman.

Skinner’s sister, Rashaada Rogers, said that the mother-of-two had been house-sitting at the apartment complex where the incident took place.

Later Monday, authorities were alerted to the possible discovery of the vehicle across the Alabama state line. When Russell County deputies went to investigate, they observed a suspicious vehicle that took off as deputies tried to approach, initiating a chase.

“Once the vehicle reached Wetumpka, they wrecked, and all four individuals inside were taken into custody,” Taylor said, adding that investigators found a handgun at the scene which they suspect was used in Skinner's murder.

Authorities who located Skinner's car said it appeared that someone had tried to burn the vehicle and then hide it.

Demetria Johnson, 30; Sean Johnson, 40; and Joshua Tolbert, 30, all of Columbus; and Javion Phillips, 33, of Seale, Alabama, were taken in custody on charges of kidnapping and capital murder.

Skinner's uncle Robert Jones told WTVM that his niece was "a friendly person... Very joyful, humorous and caring, and God-fearing woman of God."

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