A few days earlier, the child’s 21-year-old mother was found strangled in her apartment in Wheeling
One-year-old Jaclyn “Angel” Dobbs was found by a construction worker around noon on Thursday, November 11, in a retention basin near Interstate 80 in Hammond, less than two days after she was reported missing. Angel’s mother was found strangled a few days earlier. The body of Ja’nya Murphy, 21, was found in her apartment in Wheeling.
“A subsequent welfare check revealed that Ms. Murphy was apparently murdered and Angel was missing,” police said in a statement. Illinois state police then issued an alert to Angel about missing persons at risk.
Someone took Angel, whose cause of death was undisclosed, out of the apartment and fled in a maroon 2020 Dodge Grand Caravan with Illinois license plate FP139293, police said. Surveillance footage found by detectives showed Ja’nya Murphy in the presence of a man the day before she was found murdered. The man was later identified and classified as a person of interest by Wheeling Police. His identity has not been made public. On Wednesday, November 10th, the man and his van were located in Missouri and taken into custody.
However, Angel could not be found. Police confirmed the man and Murphy were previously in a relationship, but he is not Angel’s father. Murphy was reported missing on November 9 after failing to show up at her place of work. She graduated from Stevenson High School in 2018. Since the police could not reach her, she entered her house through the balcony and found her dead inside.
A family member of Murphy, whose exact relationship to the killed woman MEAWW could not independently verify, said on Facebook that the family is grieving and needs time to come to terms with the tragedy and heal. “I’ve known about it for a while now, but I just couldn’t handle it right now. I thank everyone who shared the pictures and looked for her, but right now our family needs this time to process and heal.” ” I need this time especially now, so as I said, I’m not ready to speak to reporters. I know you were just trying to reach me to see if I would be ready to talk about my cousins, but right now my family needs time to be together, to heal, “wrote Kenthany Angel Murphy on Facebook.