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    IL - Alma Mendez, 38, Chicago Heights, 28 Oct 2007

    Cops: Mom Went For Jog, Never Came Home

    "It was a routine for 38-year-old Alma Mendez: jogging in the Sauk Trail Woods Forest Preserve near her home in Chicago Heights.

    Chicago Heights Police Lieutenant Michael Romano says Mendez was talking to her sister on a cell phone Sunday, right before Mendez started jogging.

    "No abrupt ending to the telephone call. No need for alarm by the sister she was talking to. As a matter of fact, she was in good spirits, according to the sister, while she was outside doing her daily exercise routine."

    Lieutenant Romano says Alma Mendez' car was found in the forest preserve. Locked.

    Romano says investigators are concerned that Mendez may have been the victim of foul play.

    Romano says Mendez is the mother of an 18-year-old boy, a 14-year-old girl, and a six-year-old boy.

    Romano says Alma Mendez works in a dental office in Steger as office manager.

    She was last seen wearing a blue jogging suit with white lettering on the jacket."



    Chicago Heights is a south suburb of the city of Chicago. It is located close to the Illinois/Indiana border. I had trouble finding this article. My dad heard it on the radio. Alma works for a dental office, as does my mom who has recently had some weirdo lurking around her office. We are just over the border in Indiana, so we'll be keeping a close watch.

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    The Chicago Tribune reported Tuesday that Mendez was estranged from her husband. Police have questioned him, among others, but as of Tuesday had found no evidence of foul play.

    http://cbs2chicago.com/local/missing....2.453938.html

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    From her pic, she just looks so sweet and happy:

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    From the Tribune article:

    Mendez is 4 foot 11 and 120 pounds. She was last seen wearing a navy sweatshirt and jogging pants, with red and white Skecher brand shoes.

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    I live near Chicago Heights. It's a little bit of a scary area where she was jogging. Something tells me her husband didn't have anything to do with it. I might be wrong though.
    The news also said she had recently called her bestfriend and left a message telling her she had to tell her something important.

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    So, according to reports, she was still on the phone with her sister as she began her jog. Obviously this means she did not leave her phone in her vehicle. I know it was also reported that there had not been any activity on her phone since then which I guess means that she turned her cell phone off. If her phone was still on but she wasn't making any calls, there would still be activity in the form of incoming calls I'm guessing. I have not heard if there has been an attempt to ping her phone for the location. I have a bad feeling about this one.

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    I have a bad feeling about it too.

    One of the news stories said that she went jogging every day at the same time and place. That's bad news. Predators can easily pick up an a routine like that.

    I make my family members who run and bike vary their routines.

    I wonder if there's any connection to the Nailah Franklin case here.

    So sad.

    Hoppy

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    Separated from her husband for 3 weeks makes my hinky meter go off

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    Quote Originally Posted by lymom3 View Post
    Separated from her husband for 3 weeks makes my hinky meter go off
    Mine too! Especially with the "I have something important" message she wanted to tell her friend. Gosh, why didn't she just tell her then and there on voicemail. (Another "note to self" for me!)

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    It is being reported that a body has been found in a lake in her jogging vacinity.


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    Body found in forest preserve lake

    Investigators searching for a missing jogger Tuesday afternoon found a body in a south suburban forest preserve. Now the work begins to determine if it is the missing mother of three.

    ~snip~

    A volunteer searcher found this body between 1:30 and 2 p.m. Tuesday afternoon. It was no more than 50 yards off the jogging path that runs through the forest preserve. The body was found on the edge of Sauk Lake, or what residents in the neighborhood call 26th Street Lake.


    http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?sec...cal&id=5733154

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    Quote Originally Posted by hoppyfrog View Post
    I have a bad feeling about it too.

    One of the news stories said that she went jogging every day at the same time and place. That's bad news. Predators can easily pick up an a routine like that.

    I make my family members who run and bike vary their routines.

    I wonder if there's any connection to the Nailah Franklin case here.

    So sad.

    Hoppy
    Yes, and like I said before this is not a nice place. There are places on the trail where no one can see you, and there are gang signs on crap. It might be the husband, but if you knew anything about the area you might not jump to that conclusion right away.

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    Police: Missing mom found in lake near jogging trail

    The body of a Chicago Heights mother, missing since she went jogging in Sauk Trail Woods Forest Preserve on Sunday, was found Tuesday floating in a lake just yards from the path, police said.

    The condition of Alma Mendez's body was not disclosed, and Cook County Forest Preserve Police Chief Richard Waszak said the circumstances of her death were under investigation.

    ~snip~

    A positive identification of the body had not been made, a spokesman for the Cook County medical examiner's office said Tuesday evening.

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/l...i_tab01_layout

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    Cod

    I just heard on WBBM radio out of Chicago that her throat had been slashed. How awful.

    Hoppy

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    Well, there goes the "she fell into the lake accidentally and drowned" theory.

    I remember hearing a forensic psychologist say (during the OJ trial) that throat slashing is an extremely personal way of keeping someone from talking.

    Obviously the intent is to kill the person, but why not stab them instead? Whether it's true or not, I thought it was interesting...and if she really had something important to tell her friend, she sure can't now.

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