SELMA, Ala. (AP) — A missing Alabama woman was found shot to death in the trunk of her car and police said they're investigating the incident as an apparent murder-suicide after her ex-husband was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Multiple media outlets report Selma Police Chief Spencer Collier identified the victim as Mary Elizabeth Timmons Scott, 35, of Selma, who was reported missing Monday.

Investigators used the ping of the woman's cell phone in an attempt to locate her. The ping took investigators to a wooded area about a half-mile from her ex-husband's home. There, police found her body about noon Tuesday in the trunk of a car, with a gunshot wound to the head.

Family reported Mary Scott and her two young daughters missing to the Dallas County Sheriff's Office. Based on an initial investigation it appears Scott was traveling to Greg Scott's home in Selma to pick up her daughters when her husband allegedly shot her.

Investigators were notified Tuesday that the girls were safe with a relative in Birmingham. The body of Greg Scott, 63, was found in front of Earnest Johnson Funeral home in Birmingham about 8:30 a.m. that morning.

Collier said the couple was divorced, but had been battling over custody of the children.

After both were found dead Tuesday, investigators learned Greg Scott had filed paperwork Monday with his lawyer giving custody of their two daughters to his sister in Birmingham. He also tried to have his life insurance beneficiary changed.

Mary Scott also leaves behind a 15-year-old son who lives with his father in Birmingham.

The two daughters currently are in the care of Greg Scott's sister.

"It's very sad," Collier said.