Missing Oak Forest Mom, Car Found In Midlothian
A white Pontiac matching the description of the one belonging to a missing Oak Forest woman was found near Kilpatrick Avenue and 147th Street in Midlothian Monday night. Inset: the vehicle's license plate. (Photos by Theresa Danet)
Earlier, however, a relative said family members had been told by police that the body was hers.
A woman's body and a car matching the description of one belonging to the missing Oak Forest woman was found Monday night on a Midlothian street. Rodriguez, 44, of the 15400 block of Alameda Avenue in Oak Forest, has been missing since Sunday evening.
Rodriguez, a mother of three, is the wife of a former Chicago police officer dismissed from the force after he allegedly shot Rodriguez in the left hand during an argument, according to WGN-Ch. 9.
At a late morning news conference, Oak Forest Acting Police Chief David Demarco said police had executed a search warrant at the Rodriguez home, but said police had no suspects "right now" in the shooting death.
He said Rodriguez' family had been notified that a body had been found in the missing woman's car.
Family members reported her missing because she never before had left the house without her purse and failed to answer her cell phone, he said. He said police had not recovered the cell phone.
A white Pontiac Grand Am with Illinois license plate number TITA 6 was found Monday before 8 p.m. on Kilpatrick Avenue just south of 147th Street, according to authorities and Theresa Danet, a Midlothian resident who sent the Tribune several photographs of the car.
Demarco said there was no identification on the body. An autopsy was being conducted. A Cook County medical examiner's office spokesman did not identify the body, but said it was that of a woman who appeared to be in her 50s.
The South Suburban Major Crimes Task Force is handling the investigation.
The domestic argument between Irma Rodriguez and her husband happened in 1997 when his girlfriend sent flowers to his parents' house, according to court records.
His father then directed the flowers to the Rodriguez' home, where Irma signed for them, records state. Apparently realizing they were from another woman, she and her husband got into an argument, on Oct 17, 1997, and he ended up shooting her in the hand, according to records.
He was charged with attempted murder, two counts of aggravated battery, and one count of armed violence, but was acquitted on all charges on July 2, 1998, after a bench trial in front of Cook County Circuit Court Judge Ralph Reyna, records show.
(The Chicago Tribune contributed to this story)
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