Corpse Found In Pond In Northwest Indiana Positively Identified As 1-Year-Old Jaclyn ‘Angel’ Dobbs – CBS Chicago

By Marie Saavedra and Jackie Kostek and

HAMMOND, Ind. (CBS) – A body found in a retention pond in Northwest Indiana on Thursday afternoon has now been positively identified as that of 1-year-old Jaclyn “Angel” Dobbs – who had been missing since her mother was found dead in Wheeling earlier this week.

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As CBS 2’s Marie Saavedra reported late Thursday, Indiana State Police Sgt. Glen Fifield said firefighters were called to the scene by construction workers who were working nearby just before noon.

“They saw what they believed to be a body floating in the water and they did the right thing and immediately called 911 and 911 dispatched the fire department, which is standard protocol for something like that,” Fifield said, “and they immediately went in. The water. and recovered the body. ”

Divers recovered the body of a young child in the containment pond. The retention pond sits in a clover exit ramp on the Borman Expressway (I-80/94) to Kennedy Avenue in Hammond.

Fifield said it was too early to speculate on the cause of the child’s death. He said the pond is four or five feet deep and walkable.

The body is now in the care of the Lake County, Indiana Coroner. An autopsy is scheduled for Friday morning.

Police in northern suburban Wheeling have been searching for Jaclyn since her mother was found dead in her home Tuesday night. Wheeling police told CBS’s Jackie Kostek 2 hours before the positive identification they believed the body was Jaclyn’s.

Kostek spoke to the deputy police chief in Wheeling. He said Jaclyn’s family had been notified.

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Wheeling police said officers received a report of a missing person for Jaclyn’s mother, 21-year-old Ja’nya Murphy, around 10:20 p.m. Tuesday – after she had not appeared to work or contacted her family since Monday.

When officers conducted a welfare check at Murphy’s home, they found the door unlocked, and Murphy dead inside. Jaclyn has disappeared, police said.

Police said they believe Murphy was strangled, and that Jaclyn was taken away in a maroon Dodge Grand Caravan 2020 with Illinois license plate FP139293. The vehicle was later located in western Missouri, but Jaclyn was not with the vehicle and was likely in danger.

Police also said investigators identified a person of interest based on video evidence. Police said the interested person is also in Missouri and is being questioned.

Wheeling police said the person of interest had a “previous relationship with Ms. Murphy” but is not Jaclyn’s father. Three were last seen together Monday in a suburban mall.

“We never had any domestic events at the house. We knew of any domestic situation there, but at the same time she was a 21-year-old woman – just like any other 21-year-old, ”said Wheeling police deputy chief Alan Steffens. “She, by the way, was a great mom – and had great supports with her family. Their concern was not being able to contact her.”

Steffens says the tip on the child’s body in Northwest Indiana did not come from the person of interest, but rather a tip that someone called the Indiana State Police.

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Late Thursday, the investigation – now spanning three states – continued.

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