Wednesday Vanessa Ceja-Ramirez’s body was found after she had been missing since Monday. Police found her raped, beaten, strangled to death, and burned close to where she had last been seen alive by her mother in the Midlothian Meadows Forest Preserve.
Police were able to locate her body by tracking her scent with a canine. Ceja-Ramirez’s phone also reportedly pinged at a nearby apartment complex but officers could not confirm where the ping originated.
Ceja-Ramirez was a 22-year-old college student and teacher’s aide. The case is still under investigation and no arrests have been made yet.