Suffolk County crime lab investigators on Camden Court in Medford...

Suffolk County crime lab investigators on Camden Court in Medford Friday morning, June 13, 2014, where police continue to examine the scene in a wooded area where a body was found Thursday evening during a search for missing mom Sarah Goode. Credit: James Carbone

One day after a search party found a body that a police source said is missing mother Sarah P. Goode, the young woman's friends delivered a tearful plea for her "killer" to surrender.

Three friends showed up Friday afternoon near the woods by Camden Court in Medford, where police found the body Thursday evening.

"Just turn yourself in and confess to this horrible thing you did," said Kirstin Berkowitz, of Shirley. "I hope you have the worst guilty conscience. How can you be so cruel?"

A police source said Goode was the victim of a homicide, and police are investigating whether she was assaulted during a "domestic type" incident involving someone she knew that ended in her death.

Investigators and crime scene technicians spent nearly 24 hours combing the densely wooded, tick-infested area where Goode was found, collecting forensic evidence and traces of her remains.

Her body had decomposed "substantially" after being in the damp woodlands nearly a week, the source said.

A private search party of more than 40 family members and friends had been looking for the 21-year-old, missing since early Saturday.

Investigators have collected evidence -- including blood -- from inside and around the car, on which forensic testing is still being done. One possibility police are investigating is whether Goode was physically assaulted in or near the car, killed and left in the woods by her attacker.

Suffolk police are awaiting official identification of the body by the medical examiner's office, a spokeswoman said. The cause and manner of death has not been made official.

Police have received numerous tips from friends, family members and associates of Goode about who may have been involved in her disappearance, the source said. But the department officially declined to release any information about the body or potential suspects, angering many area residents who said they deserved to know whether a killer had struck -- and remained free -- in their community.

"The police need to say what they know, because we have kids who walk these streets and might run into whoever did this," said Danielle Fiorella, a Medford mother of two who lives a block from the woods where Goode was found. "I don't feel safe. A lot of us don't."

Goode, the mother of a 4-year-old girl, was last seen leaving a friend's house in Shirley about 1 a.m. Saturday. Her car, a gray 1999 BMW 328i, was found about a mile from her home in Medford two days later, police said. Her disappearance was labeled as "suspicious."

On Friday, a link to a memorial fund to raise money for Goode's funeral and burial was posted to the Bring Home Sarah Patricia Goode Facebook page, created earlier in the week by friends and family. By 8 p.m., the fund was more than halfway to its goal of $25,000.

Goode's family could not be reached for comment Friday.

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