WHEELING, Ill. (AP) – Police said a child’s body found in a northwest Indiana retention pond has been identified as that of a 1-year-old suburban Chicago girl whose mother was found dead days earlier.
Indiana State Police said the body found Thursday in a Hammond pond was identified as Jaclyn Angel Dobbs of Deerfield, Illinois.
The toddler was discovered missing Tuesday after her mother, 21-year-old Ja’nya Murphy, was found dead from strangulation in her north suburban Wheeling apartment.
Missouri authorities arrested a man Thursday who is a person of interest in Murphy’s death. Police said he had a relationship with Murphy and was last seen with her Monday at a mall.