HAMMOND, Ind. (CBS) – A body was found Thursday afternoon in a retention pond in northwest Indiana, and police sources in Wheeling believe it belonged to 1-year-old Jaclyn “Angel” Dobbs.
The Indiana state police said firefighters were called to the scene by construction workers and found the body of a young child in the retention pond. The retention pond is located at a cloverleaf exit on the Borman Expressway (I-80/94) to Kennedy Avenue in Hammond.
State police could not say how old the child was, but said the child was less than 5 years old and was a black woman.
State police said it was too early to speculate about the child’s cause of death. They said the pond is four or five feet deep and walkable.
While state police had no identity for the body, police in the northern suburb of Wheeling searched for: Jaclyn since her mother was found dead in their home Tuesday night. Wheeling police sources told CBS 2’s Jackie Kostek that they believe the body belongs to Jaclyn, and the family has been notified.
Wheeling Police said officers received a missing person report for Jaclyn’s mother, 21-year-old Ja’nya Murphy, around 10:20 p.m. Tuesday after she had failed to show up for work or contact her since Monday. her family.
When officers performed a welfare check at Murphy’s home, they found the door unlocked and Murphy dead inside. Jaclyn was missing, police said.
Police said they believe Murphy was strangled and Jaclyn was taken in an Illinois maroon 2020 Dodge Grand Caravan with license plate number FP139293. The vehicle was later found in western Missouri, but Jaclyn was not with the vehicle and was said to be in danger.
Police also said that investigators suspect based on video evidence. Police said the person of interest was also found in Missouri and is being questioned.
Police said the person of interest had a “previous relationship with Ms Murphy” but is not Jaclyn’s father. Three were last seen together in a suburban shopping center on Monday.
Police said the tip about the discovery of Jaclyn’s body in the Northwest Indiana pond did not come from the person in question.