A woman from Chicago who had been missing for two months after she was seen getting into an Uber was found dead in a shopping cart. Her body was tied up and wrapped in sheets.
Rosa Chacon, who is 21 years old, was last seen on surveillance video on January 18, when she got into a rideshare in front of her South St. Louis Avenue home, according to ABC 7 Chicago.
“She told her mother, “I’ll be back. “She told me, ‘I took an Uber there and an Uber back,'” her mother, also named Rosa Chavon, told the outlet.
She said she didn’t know where her daughter was going or who ordered the Uber. She also said that her daughter didn’t take anything with her, not even her coat or ID.
A representative for Uber told the outlet that the information could not be given out because of privacy and policy issues.
The family said they reported Rosa missing to police, but that they did little to help them.
“The cop said there had to be a crime before they could do anything,” Alejandro Guzman, Rosa’s boyfriend, told ABC 7.
Her body was found around 10:45 a.m. Wednesday, only about two miles from where she was last seen. Her loved ones were able to identify her through her tattoos.
Her body parts were tied together, wrapped in sheets, and put in a laundry cart in an alley near 24th Place and Western Avenue.
“I don’t know how they could do something like that to someone,” Rosa’s heartbroken mother told the news outlet after the shocking discovery.
The cause of death will be found out by the medical examiner for Cook County.
“I miss my baby,” said Rosa’s dad, Jose Lucio. “When our daughter leaves, she usually lets us know. She calls the next day or an hour after she leaves to say she is safe and warm in a house. But nothing came to us.”
On March 6, the family hired a private detective agency in Chicago to help with the search. They said the police were not doing enough, so they felt the police were not doing enough.
Last week, the Richart Detective Agency put up an online flyer for a missing person. On Thursday, they gave an update.
“We were able to find Rosa Chacon by working closely with her family,” the agency wrote on Facebook. “Unfortunately, Rosa’s body was found. The medical examiner was able to positively identify Ms. Chacon based on the information we had.
“Please pray for her family, as this is a very hard time for them. Thank you to everyone who shared [our posts about her],” the news agency said.
Jose Richart told Newsweek, “The family called our office for help because they know that this kind of thing happens a lot in the city of Chicago.”
“We started looking into it and got Rosa Chacon’s phone records… We talked to a lot of people and went down a lot of different leads,” he told the magazine.
Richart said, “The body was taken to the Cook County Morgue, but for reasons I can’t talk about right now, it couldn’t be identified.” Rosa Chacon was known at the time as “Jane Doe.”
He told Newsweek that one of his private detectives “visited the Cook County Morgue on March 16 and gave identifying information, such as Rosa Chacon’s tattoos.”
“Once we knew who Ms. Chacon’s body was, we went to see her family and told them the terrible news. We now think the case is a murder, and Chicago police are working hard to find answers,” Richart said.
People in the area have offered a reward of $15,000 for information that leads to a conviction.
Meanwhile, dozens of people gathered Saturday outside a home in Little Village to offer prayers, hold a moment of silence and released balloons on what would have been Rosa’s 22nd birthday, the Chicago Tribune reported.
Her older brother, Gregory Chacon, said she would have been “found a long time ago if the police would have went out and looked — but they kept telling me and my family that it was not a crime, that she’s fine.”
The Post has reached out to the Chicago Police Department for comment.