Such sad news, a body found behind a Southwest Side home has deepened the mystery of what happened to a 19-year-old pregnant woman who disappeared after leaving her high school last month.
The body was discovered early Wednesday in the 4100
Authorities have not identified the body or given a cause of death, saying only that it’s female. The teen’s family believes it is Ochoa-Uriostegui, and that she died after giving birth to a boy who is now in the intensive care unit, on life support with no brain function.
So far police will confirm nothing except that the disappearance remains an “active” missing
“We’re calling on Chicago police,’’ said Sara Walker, a student pastor at Lincoln United Methodist Church who has been working with the family. “They need to answer questions about Marlen. Where is she? That’s the million dollar question.”
Ochoa-Uriostegui, married with a 3-year-old son, was last seen leaving Latino Youth High School in Pilsen on April 23 to pick up the boy from Teddy Bear Day Care at 51st Street and Pulaski Avenue, according to police.
Her family believes she went to the home on West 77th Place to swap baby items, a meeting she arranged through a Facebook group. A woman at that address claimed to have a stroller and baby clothes.
“She was giving clothes away, supposedly under the pretense that her daughters had been given clothes and they had all these extra boy clothes,” said Cecelia Garcia, another spokeswoman for Ochoa-Uriostegui’s family.
Hours later, about 6 p.m., Chicago Fire Department paramedics were called to the home on 77th Place for a newborn with “CPR in progress,” according to department spokesman Larry Merritt. The baby was taken in code red to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn.
He had no other details, but a source said the baby “was basically blue” when paramedics arrived. The family says it has been told the baby remains on life support at Christ Medical Center.
The family said it has also been told the baby’s DNA matches Ochoa’s, which was extracted from the teen’s toothbrush and hairbrush. This could not be confirmed by police. The family said it has named the baby Yadiel.
On May 8, more than two weeks after the ambulance call, Ochoa-Uriostegui’s black Honda Civic was found abandoned in the 7700 block of South Keeler Avenue, about four miles north of the home of the people being questioned by police.
Then Tuesday afternoon, police officers were seen escorting several people from the home. The department would only say that “police are conducting interviews of individuals in regard to this missing person investigation.”
About 12:10 a.m. Wednesday, the medical examiner’s office was notified of a body at the 77th Place address. The body has only been identified as female and autopsy results had not been released as of Wednesday evening.
“The family has been on a roller coaster,” said Emma Lozano, another pastor at Lincoln United Methodist Church. “It’s hard for them to find words. Everybody is struggling with this now.”