WGN-TV reports there is now a $10,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person, or people, who killed Vanessa Ceja-Ramirez.
Ceja-Ramirez's body was found in the Midlothian Meadows Forest Preserve last week, two days after she disappeared in the same area. She was with her mother on the 3-mile path, then went back to their car, but she was gone when her mother returned to the vehicle. Ceja-Ramirez had been strangled to death.
According to Cook County Forest Preserve officials, a woman's body was found in the woods at Midlothian Meadows Wednesday afternoon, Nov. 4. The Cook County Medical Examiner identified the body as Ceja's.
Thursday, the medical examiner's office ruled Ceja's cause of death as asphyxia due to strangulation.
During the search for Ceja last week, police had tracked her phone to an apartment complex in Oak Forest, about 3 miles from where her body was found.
The Chicago Tribune reports Ceja-Ramirez disappeared after she decided to return to a car midway through a walk in the nature preserve with her mother and friend. When they returned to the car, she wasn't there and could not be located or contacted, police said.