Missing woman’s body found ‘mutilated,’ wrapped in sheets and trash bags in own car days after ex-boyfriend bonds out against family’s wishes

Bricen Rivers, Lauren Johansen

Bricen Rivers (left) in a December 2023 mug shot (Metropolitan Nashville Police Department), (right) Lauren Johansen as seen on the local news (WLOX/screengrab)

Days after a woman’s ex-boyfriend bonded out of jail in Nashville, Tennessee, without an ankle monitor, despite her family’s insistence in court that her life would be in danger unless he remained in custody, 22-year-old Lauren Johansen was found dead Wednesday in her own car in a Mississippi cemetery, “mutilated” and wrapped in sheets and trash bags.

This is the series of events that was recounted by Lauren’s father Lance Johansen in an emotional interview with local ABC and CBS affiliate WLOX. The reported orthopedic surgeon said that family begged a Nashville judge not to let 23-year-old Bricen Rivers out of jail, but the court allowed it, and then his daughter was murdered as a result.

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