CHICAGO — The family of a woman, reported missing from Little Village in January, has confirmed her body has been found.
Relatives said the body of 21-year-old Rosa Chacon was found Wednesday in a laundry cart in an alley near 24th and Western Avenue on the city’s West Side.
Police identified Chacon by the multiple tattoos on her body, family members said.
“It’s hard but I’m standing. I want justice for my daughter,” Chacon’s mother, Rosa, told WGN News. “How are you going to put a human being in an alley? That’s not right. I just want justice for my daughter, that’s all I want.”
The 21-year-old was last seen by relatives outside her home on Jan. 18. Home security video captures Chacon getting into an Uber rideshare in the 2800 block of South St. Louis.
It is unclear where she was headed, but relatives said Chacon wasn’t the one who called for the ride. According to family members, Uber refused to give them the identity of the person who requested the rideshare. However, a Uber spokesperson told WGN News that law enforcement has not made such a request.
The Cook County medical examiner has not yet determined a cause of death.
Community activists stood alongside the grieving family, announcing a $15,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction.
“This family is mourning. We are here holding candles because we want to get the attention that we need. We’re here asking for the FBI to get involved,” said community leader Raul Montes Jr.
A GoFundMe has being created by family members to help pay for her funeral arrangements.
Chacon’s body is the second to be found in the area within weeks.
“Three weeks ago there was a young lady that was shot dead in an alley, in this area. No less than a mile and a half. Today, we are mourning the loss of another one that was found in an alley,” said community activist Patrick Gibbons.
An investigation is ongoing.
Anyone with information may leave an anonymous tip at cpdtip.com.