Wheeling homicide: Child’s body found in Northwest Indiana pond ID’d as Jaclyn ‘Angel’ Dobbs, toddler missing after mom’s murder

WHEELING, Ill. and HAMMOND, Ind. (WLS) — The body of a missing out on Wheeling young child was pulled from a pond along Interstate 80 in northwest Indiana Thursday afternoon.

Indiana State Cops stated the Lake County Coroner has actually favorably recognized the remains as that of Jaclyn “Angel” Dobbs, who was reported missing out on after her mom was discovered killed previously today.

Building and construction employees called 911 after they found a body drifting in a retention pond off I-80 near Kennedy Opportunity in Hammond prior to 12 p.m.

Indiana State Cops stated private investigators had the ability to rapidly discover the body of a Black, female kid. They stated the pond was reasonably loaded with water from current rain – about 4 or 5 feet deep – and quickly available from the neighboring street.

After determining the body, the Lake County Coroner is anticipated to perform an autopsy Friday early morning to figure out how she passed away.

The look for Dobbs extended from Illinois to Missouri, then Indiana. Dobbs was reported missing out on after her mom was discovered dead in her Wheeling home Tuesday night.

Cops making a wellness check at an apartment in the 300-block of Inland Drive Tuesday night discovered a female dead and her 1-year-old child missing out on.

Ja’nya Murphy, 21, was found unresponsive about 10:20 pm. Tuesday after officers climbed up onto a terrace and entered her home, according to Deputy Cops Chief Al Steffen.

Murphy appeared to have actually been killed, and her child, whom they called “Angel,” was not in the house, Steffen stated.

The Cook County Medical Inspector’s workplace stated Thursday that Murphy passed away as an outcome of strangulation. Her death has actually been ruled a murder.

Steffen stated it appeared Murphy had actually been attacked, and they aspire to discover her child. Angel is thought to be in threat, cops stated.

“We need the public’s assistance with this,” Steffen stated. “They might be able to connect the dots, connect a link that we don’t have right now.”

Wheeling and Illinois State Cops triggered a threatened missing out on individual advisory early Thursday early morning after an automobile the woman was thought to be in turned up in Missouri Wednesday without her in it.

Authorities thought the kid remained in a leased 2020 Maroon Dodge Caravan with Illinois plates.

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Detectives likewise recognized an individual of interest linked to the Dodge Caravan, who had a previous relationship with Murphy and was seen with her on video Monday.

That person was likewise discovered in Missouri, cops stated.

“We know for a fact he was in the far northern suburbs yesterday morning and then by yesterday evening, he was in western Missouri,” Steffen stated. “We are looking to recreate the track from where he was in the northwest suburbs to Missouri.”

Murphy was a 2018 graduate of Stevenson High School and lived with her child at the apartment, Wheeling cops stated.

Murphy’s high school buddy stated he was surprised when he checked out what took place.

“It was mind blowing to me to read the first article; I didn’t want to believe it. I still can’t believe it,” Brentley Wright stated. “There is no way, there is no way this is possible; there is no way this is happening. It’s crazy to think, one, that it happens so close, and, two, someone I was like best friends with in high school.”

The Significant Case Help Group was hired to assist gather and process proof.

Cops went to the structure after Murphy had actually not been to work Tuesday and had actually not been seen by loved ones given that Monday, Steffen stated. With assistance from the fire department, officers climbed up onto Murphy’s veranda, discovering the door opened and finding her body inside.

Steffen stated Murphy would drop Angel off at loved ones’ prior to work, however she didn’t drop off the infant on Tuesday, and she didn’t appear at her retail job. Murphy’s household last talked with her Monday.

Anybody with info need to call Wheeling cops at (847) 459-2632 or 911.

The Sun-Times Media Wire added to this report.

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