LITTLE VILLAGE — The search for a missing pregnant woman came to a tragic end Wednesday after authorities said the body of Marlen Ochoa-Uriostegui was found in the Southwest Side neighborhood of Scottsdale.
The Sun-Times reported her baby was cut from her body by her killers and survived, but is now in grave condition.
Fox Chicago reported late Wednesday that the baby would be taken off life support soon.
Marlen Ochoa-Uriostegui, 19, was found in the 4100 block of West 77th Place, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office. The married mother of a 3-year-old was strangled.
Ochoa-Uriostegui, of the 6000 block of S. Honore St., died from ligature strangulation. Her death was ruled a homicide.
Her family told the Tribune the child was on life support at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn with no brain function.
On Tuesday, police said they were questioning three people in connection to the Ochoa-Uriostegui case, however, they declined to comment on whether any arrests or charges had been filed in the case.
According to the Sun-Times, Ochoa-Uriostegui was lured to the house by a 46-year-old woman she met on Facebook page for young mothers and then murdered. Her unborn baby was then cut from 19-year-old’s body before her body was dumped in a garbage can.
Ochoa-Uriostegui was last seen in the 2000 block of South California Avenue on April 23 after leaving Latino Youth High School in Little Village. She was nine months pregnant with a May 5 due date.
According to the Sun-Times report, the 46-year-old woman called 911 on April 23, claiming she had given birth to an unresponsive baby boy. That was the day Ochoa-Uriostegui was last seen.
But DNA tests showed the baby belonged to Ochoa-Uriostegui, a source told the Sun-Times.