A young woman who disappeared in an Illinois forest preserve was found dead, and authorities say she had been raped, beaten, strangled and set on fire, according to reports.
Vanessa Ceja-Ramirez, 22, was reported missing Monday after going for walk with her mother and a friend in the Midlothian Meadows Forest Preserve.
Her body was found Wednesday and the Cook County coroner said her death was “beyond gruesome,” Fox 32 Chicago reported.
Volunteers joined the search for Ceja-Ramirez.
“She was beaten, partially burned and someone intercepted her, and possibly pulled her into a wooded area and basically tortured her,” community activist Andrew Holmes told the station.
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SOURCE: Fox News, Robert Gearty