The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office said Marlen Ochoa-Lopez died ligature from strangulation; her death was ruled a homicide. (Google Maps / Chicago Police Department)
A body found on Chicago’s Southwest Side has been identified as that of a 19-year-old woman who was nine months pregnant when she disappeared three weeks ago, according to reports.
The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office said Marlen Ochoa-Lopez died ligature from strangulation; her death was ruled a homicide, WLS reported.
Fox 32 reported her baby had been cut out of her.
The news source also tweeted a photo of her husband, in tears, who had come with her family to view the body.
Her family said she’d gone to a house of a person who, by means of a Facebook group about a number of baby items.
“She was making clothes, supposedly under the pretense that her daughters had received the clothes and they had all this extra boy clothes, and that is where the false pretense that I believe led her to that house,” said the spokesman of the family, Cecilia Garcia, WLS reported.
The authorities said three persons of interest in the police.
WLS said that the baby was found, and is in critical condition in Christ Hospital.
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“The grandmother told me that the baby is beautiful, but the baby is in critical condition. We are to pray. She is like: “I believe in miracles, I do not believe what the doctors tell me,'” said Garcia.
“Our faith moves us. We are hopeful, but we are prepared for the worst. We ask the public to please keep us in their prayers, especially the family.”