CHICAGO – A body found behind a home on Chicago's southwestern side has been identified by Cook County Medical Exam's Office Wednesday as the 19-year-old pregnant woman who disappeared last month.
The body of Marlen Ochoa-Uriostegui was discovered after several people were detained in the home, according to the authorities. No lawyers against them in custody have been notified.
Spokesman for Chicago Fire Department Larry Merritt told Chicago Tribune paramedics were called to the home of a newborn with difficulty breathing the same day the woman disappeared.
"We believe she was murdered and we believe the child was forced to be removed after this murder," said Chicago spokesman Anthony Guglielmi. He adds that the baby was hospitalized and is in "serious condition" after being cut from the mother's body.
The doctor's office announced that Ochoa-Uriostegui died of ligature thrombosis and her death is considered a murder. Ochoa-Uriostegui was nine months pregnant when she disappeared on April 23 after leaving her high school.
Guglielmi said the investigators interviewed the people taken from the home about the killing of Ochoa-Uriostegui.
"We believe they all played a role in this indelible act of violence," he said.