Investigators have found human remains at a home where four people were taken into custody for questioning regarding the disappearance of a missing 19-year-old woman.
WGN-TV reports that human remains were recovered from a property at West 77th Place, and a medical examiner is working to identify the body. As CrimeOnline previously reported, four people at the home were taken in for questioning regarding the disappearance of Marlen Ochoa-Uriostegu, a 19-year-old pregnant woman and mother of a young son who disappeared on April 23.
Ochoa-Uriostegu’s family told the news station they believe she had gone to the home to meet an individual she met on a Facebook group called “Help a Sister Out.” According to an earlier report, Ochoa-Uriostegu had made arrangements to swap out a single stroller for a double stroller, though her family told WGN-TV that a woman had claimed to have numerous baby items.
“She was giving clothes away, supposedly under the pretenses that her daughters had been given clothes and they had all these extra boy clothes. That’s the false pretenses that we believe led her to that house,” Cecelia Garcia, a spokeswoman for the missing woman’s family, told the news station.
The family has also said that an infant who is now on life support with a serious brain injury has been determined with DNA testing to belong to Ochoa-Uriostegu, though another woman, 46, allegedly claimed she had given birth to the baby on the same day that the missing 19-year-old disappeared.
According to WGN-TV, neighbors at the home where remains were found said that 46-year-old woman, her daughter, her boyfriend, and another male are the four people who are now being questioned in connection to Ochoa-Uriostegu’s disappearance.
Although the report states that the Facebook group where Ochoa-Uriostegu may have met the people being questioned is shut down, a Facebook group with the same name was active at the time of this article’s publication.
It is unclear exactly when the medical examiner expects to have a positive identification for the remains found.
“We’re hopeful, we have faith, but we’re preparing for the worst,” the family spokesperson told the news station.