She was nine months pregnant when she went missing on April 23, and her body was found this week, according to the Cook County, Illinois, medical examiner’s office, CNN reported. Her cause of death was strangulation.
“Why did these people, why did these bad people do this? She did nothing to them,” said Yovani Lopez, her husband, reported the Chicago Tribune. “She was a good person.”
He added that his family is “to have justice with those responsible.”
“We’re going to go hard after them. We won’t let it go,” Lopez said.
Police said they are questioning four people, including a 46-year-old woman who messaged Ochoa-Lopez via a Facebook group for mothers, the Tribune reported. Meanwhile, The Associated Press reported that three people were taken into custody.
Police said the baby is in serious condition, and according to AP, the baby isn’t expected to survive. Her family named the child Yadiel, ABC News reported.
Surrounded by family members and supporters, the father of Marlen Ochoa-Lopez nearly collapsed this morning as he walked into the Cook County medical examiner’s office to identify his daughter’s body.https://t.co/eqv5sZ3KJc pic.twitter.com/q3tPTKPigO
— Ashlee Rezin (@Ashlee_Rezin) May 16, 2019
Police have not provided the names of any suspects.
“We believe that she was murdered, and we believe that the baby was forcibly removed following that murder,” said Anthony Guglielmi, a Chicago police spokesman, to CNN.
The day that Ochoa-Lopez disappeared, the Chicago Fire Department got a call about a newborn at the same address where she was found. The baby was taken to the hospital along with a mother who claimed to be the mother.
The mother of Marlen Ochoa-Lopez outside the Medical Examiner’s Office … Her friends spoke with us – stunned, heartbroken, trying to make sense of an incomprehensible crime. pic.twitter.com/WjaYf8tc3x
— Lexi Sutter (@LexiSutterTV) May 16, 2019
“It’s to my knowledge that she is not the mother, and that’s all I have for you,” Larry Langford, a fire department spokesman, told CNN.
According to AP, Ochoa-Lopez’s body was discovered on May 15.
Later, Ochoa-Lopez’s family got confirmation that the baby belongs to her, said Jacobita Cortes, a pastor at Adalberto Memorial United Methodist Church in Chicago, according to CNN.
#RT @WausauPilot: The family of Ochoa-Lopez, a married mother of a 3-year-old son, said a woman on Facebook had lured her to the home by offering a stroller and baby clothes. https://t.co/2PNnvTGAdW pic.twitter.com/3NXg1uM2JK
— Shereen Siewert (@ShereenSiewert) May 16, 2019
She was seen three weeks ago after leaving Latino Youth High School and was supposed to pick up her 3-year-old son from day care. She never showed up, officials said.
The Tribune reported that she communicated with a woman via the Facebook group. A 46-year-old woman told her “my girl has all brand new boy clothes her son never wore,” according to a screenshot provided by her family.
“Yes girl thats fine thank you so much,” Ochoa-Lopez said.
“No problem girl,” the woman told her. “I know how it is she was lucky to have two baby showers so she just loves to spread the wealth I’m fine with the help inbox me for more info ok.”