Police have released a sketch and are seeking the public’s help in identifying a pregnant woman who was found dead in Lake Michigan near Waukegan earlier this week.
A fisherman on Lake Michigan spotted a body floating in the water around 3 p.m. Sunday three miles southeast of the Waukegan Harbor, according to Lake County Sheriff’s Office Spokesman Lt. Christopher Covelli.
The woman was described as an African American female between the age of 18-40.
She is approximately 5-feet-4, 150-170 pounds, six to seven months pregnant, and had brown eyes and black hair likely pulled back into a bun.
Her fingernails and toenails were manicured and painted white, Covelli said. She was wearing a pink summer dress when she was recovered.
Detectives believe the woman was in the water for no more than seven to 12 days, and she possibly entered the water anywhere from the northern Indiana shoreline to the northern Illinois shoreline of Lake Michigan.
A sketch of the woman was created by Mount Prospect Police Detective Dirk Ollech.
Anyone with information on the identity of the woman is asked to call Lake County Sheriff’s Detective Lana LeMons at 847-377-4148.
The body of a man, identified as Martin Mendoza, 49, of Waukesha, Wisconsin, was also recovered around the same time.
Detectives are confident there is no relation between the bodies of Mendoza and the woman, Covelli added.