Police: Pregnant woman found in Lake Michigan, stabbed to death has been identified as 19-year-old Chicago woman


LAKE COUNTY, Ill. – Detectives have identified a pregnant woman found dead in Lake Michigan near Waukegan earlier this month as 19-year-old Yarianna G. Wheeler from Chicago.

Wheeler was living in Chicago at the time of her murder but was originally from the 3200 block of West Wilcox Street in Bellwood.

The woman’s body was recovered Aug. 15 after a fisherman alerted the Coast Guard approximately three miles south of Waukegan Harbor.

Authorities said she was in the water for no more than seven to 12 days. Due to several tips, authorities believe the “Jane Doe” is a 19-year-old woman from Chicago who was stabbed to death.

Sheriff’s detectives have obtained the dental records for the 19-year-old and the Lake County Coroner’s Office is working to confirm the identity. 

The incident is being investigated as a homicide.

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