Child’s Body Found in Retention Pond; Believed To Be Toddler Missing After Mom Found Murdered

Police in northwestern Indiana found the body of a young child in a retention pond Thursday and believe it is that of 1-year-old Jaclyn “Angel” Dobbs, who has been missing since her mother was found murdered earlier this week.

Earlier on Thursday, investigators said they had found a maroon, 2020 Dodge Caravan believed connected with the toddler’s disappearance. The van was found in Missouri, as CrimeOnline reported, but the little girl was not there.

Wheeling, Indiana, police responded to a missing person report about Ja’nya Murphy, the child’s mother, on Tuesday evening and found the 21-year-old dead of an apparent homicide. The toddler was missing.

Authorities have also said they identified and located a person of interest in the case who “had a previous relationship with Ms Murphy.” That person was identified by video evidence and was located in Missouri, according to WBBM.

The person of interest is not Jaclyn’s father, investigators said. All three were last seen together Monday at a shopping mall.

Indiana State Police Sgt. Glen Fifeld said that construction workers called fire crews to the retention pond inside a cloverleaf exit ramp on the Borman Expressway (Interstate 80/94) to Kennedy Avenue in Hammond, Indiana. Divers went into the water and recovered the body.

Fifeld said the Lake County Coroner would identify the body and make a determination of cause of death, but Wheeling Police told WBBM they believe it is Jaclyn Dobbs.

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