Story Summary

Women found strangled in burning car

The burned bodies the  two women were found in a car in southwest suburban Palos Park Saturday.

The women were a mother and daughter – the mother in her 70s. The daughter in her 50s. Both were strangled.

Two men have been charged.
Story Timeline
Previous Next
This story has 7 updates

No bond for two men charged with murdering a woman and her elderly mother.  The women’s bodied were discovered in a burned-out car in a Cook  County forest preserve in Palos Park over the weekend.

50-year old Robert Danno and 24-year-old Jose Fernardo Martinez-Hernandez are charged with murder and concealing a homicide.

Danno is accused of strangling his wife, 51-year-old Mary Ann Urban Danno and her mother 71-year old Theresa Urban.

Police say they were murdered in their Garfield Ridge home.  Their bodies then moved.

Sheriff Tom Dart says Mary Ann Danno may have been planning on divorcing Robert and that money may have been motive.

Both men are expected back in court on October 21.

A judge has ordered two men accused of killing a mother and daughter and dumping their bodies in a forest preserve to be held without bail.

Robert Danno, 50, the husband of one of the vicims, and Jose Fernardo Martinez-Hernandez, 24, are each charged with two counts of first-degree murder.  They appeared in court in Bridgeview this morning for a bond hearing.

The bodies of Mary Ann Urban-Danno, 51, and her elderly, sick mother, Theresa Urban, 71, were found late Saturday night in the trunk of a burning car at a nature preserve near Ford and Wolf Roads in unincorporated Palos Park.

Investigators say Mary Ann and Robert Danno have been having problems for quite some time.

Police say on Saturday morning, Mary Ann Urban-Danno came downstairs, where her husband and his friend, Jose Fernardo Martinez-Hernandez, were.  Martinez-Hernandez is a homeless man who had been living with the couple for about six months.

Mary Ann and her husband Robert started arguing.  That led to Danno and Martinez-Hernandez at some point taking Mary Ann down to the ground.  Prosecutors say Danno then killed his wife.

“Robert Danno then got on top of Mary Ann Danno and placed his hands around her neck and strangled her to death,” said Cook County Asst. State’s Attorney Michael Deno.  “Robert Danno then went upstairs and placed his hands around the neck of Theresa Urban and strangled her to death.”

“According to him there was no planning or premeditation,” said Cook County Sheriff’s Detective Eric Burnson.

Prosecutors then say Danno and Martinez-Hernandez waited until nightfall, carried the bodies out to Mary Ann’s PT Cruiser, placed them in the back, and drove to the nature preserve, where Robert Danno poured gasoline on the car and set it on fire.  Hernandez-Martinez then drove back to the home, where they were later found by police detectives.

Both have reportedly given videotaped confessions to the murders.

Both men are expected back in court on October 21.

Two men have been charged with murder in the deaths of a mother and daughter whose bodies were found in a burning car in unincorporated Palos Park.

palosparkmugs

Robert Danno and Jose Martinez-Hernandez will appear in bond court Tuesday morning.

They are accused of killing Danno’s wife and mother-in-law on Saturday night.

Cook County sheriff’s police say the women were strangled in Chicago, and then driven to a nature preserve in the younger victim’s car.

Then, the vehicle was set on fire.

The victims have since been identified as Mary Ann Urban-Danno and her mother, Theresa Urban.

Two people have been charged in the double murder and strangulation of two Chicago women found in Palos Park.

The husband of one of the victims and a resident of the home they all shared on the Southwest Side have been charged with murder, according to sources.

The burned bodies the  two women were found in a car in southwest suburban Palos Park Saturday.

Firefighters were called to the burning in a nature preserve near Ford and Wolf roads.

Once they put out the flames on the PT Cruiser, they found two bodies inside, burned beyond recognition.

The medical examiner says the women were a mother and daughter – the mother in her 70s. The daughter in her 50s.

Both were strangled.

Investigators say they are interviewing two people of interest in the strangulation deaths of a mother and daughter over the weekend.

The burned bodies of two women were found in a car, in southwest suburban Palos Park.

Firefighters were called to the burning car Saturday night in a nature preserve near Ford and Wolf roads.

Once they put out the flames on the PT Cruiser, they found two bodies inside, burned beyond recognition.

The medical examiner says the women were a mother and daughter – the mother in her 70s. The daughter in her 50s.

Both were strangled.

Dental records will confirm identities.

Authorities say the bodies of a mother and daughter, who were found in a burning car in a Palos Park forest preserve, were strangled.

Firefighters were called to the nature preserve late Saturday night, near Ford and Wolf Roads.

They found a Chrysler PT cruiser engulfed in flames.

The bodies were in the back of the car.

The case has been ruled a homicide.

The names of the women have not been released, but they were from Chicago and in their 70′s and 50′s.

The Cook County sheriff’s office conducting a homicide investigating of a mother and daughter  who were strangled to death and found burned in a car in a forest preserve.

Just before midnight last night firefighters were called to the Cap Sauers Holdings Forest Preserve in Palos Park where a PT Cruiser completely engulfed in flames.

After extinguishing the fire, crews found the remains of two bodies.  The mother in her 70s and the other the daughter in her 50s, according to Cook County Sheriff’s Spokesperson Ben Breit.

Cook County Sheriff’s Police says the women are from Chicago.

The Cook County Medical Examiner’s office says both died from strangulation.

Their names have not been released.

People who live nearby say this area is frequently patrolled by police and they never expected anything like this.

Advertisement