Missing Teen Mother’s Body Found In Trash Weeks After Her Baby Was ‘Cut From Her Belly’ In Womb Abduction Plot
A 19-year-old pregnant woman who went missing last month was found dead with her unborn baby forcibly removed from her womb in a Chicago home, CNN reports.
Marlen Ochoa-Lopez, who was nine months pregnant, vanished on April 23, when she went to get baby items from a woman she met on a Facebook group, a spokeswoman for the family, Cecelia Garcia, told CNN affiliate WGN.
Her body was found this week, more than three weeks after her disappearance.
The Cook County, Illinois medical examiner’s office ruled the death a homicide by strangulation.
“We believe that she was murdered, and we believe that the baby was forcibly removed following that murder,” said Anthony Guglielmi, a Chicago police spokesman.
The newborn is alive but remains in grave condition.
The Chicago Fire Department said they received a call about a newborn in distress from the house Ochoa-Lopez’s body was later found on the day she went missing. The baby was rushed to the hospital with a woman who introduced herself as the mother.
“It’s to my knowledge that she is not the mother, and that’s all I have for you,” Larry Langford, a fire department spokesman, said.
According to a local pastor Jacobita Cortes, Ochoa-Lopez’s family has received confirmation that the newborn belongs to the late woman.
Ochoa-Lopez’s relatives are mourning the loss while praying that the baby survives.
“It just seems surreal. You see this stuff on the movies. You never get to know someone; people actually are this evil,” Garcia said.
Charges are currently pending against three people whom detectives have been investigating in the case. Neither of them has been identified.
Marlen Ochoa-Lopez is one of three pregnant women who went missing in Illinois.
The first woman to go missing was 27-year-old Kierra Coles.
Police say she went missing on Oct. 2, 2018. Coles was also three months pregnant at that time, which means her due has come and gone, and there’s still no news of her whereabouts.
“Please do not give up, because I’m not,” Kierra’s father, Joseph Coles on May 5, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. Officials are offering a reward of $46,500 for information that leads to her recovery.
Coles worked in the U.S. Post Office, and they have contributed to the reward fund.
If you have information, police ask to call 312-747-8274.
The latest missing case is that of 43-year-old Chaunti Bryla who went missing on March 7.
While Bryla’s story doesn’t exactly fit the profiles of the other two women, she also went missing under bizarre circumstances. The mother of an 11-year-old son had just returned from the grocery store, but for some reason never put the groceries away. Her aunt said, according to WGN-TV, that she ran off and didn’t explain why. Even more strange is the fact that someone took out money out of her bank account from numerous locations.
Again, people are urged to call 911 or 312-747-8274 for any information about Bryla.