A Chicago community is terrified after a fifth young woman disappeared and a second body was found. On March 16, Anna Stanislawczyk, who was 18, went missing and has not been seen since. On April 25, 15-year-old Sadaria Davis vanished after leaving her East Garfield Park neighborhood in Chicago. On May 11, Davis’ body was found six blocks away from East Garfield Park in a vacant apartment. On May 25 it was Shantieya Smith, 26, and Victoria Garrett, 15, went missing on June 5. Now it is reported that a 13-year-old named Yasminda Mitchell has been unaccounted for since May 31.
CBS Chicago reports Yasminda Mitchell “was last seen on May 31, 2018 in the area of 100 W. 47th Street. According to Chicago police, she also frequents the area near 6000-6300 S. Damen and 6300 S. Winchester.”
CBS Chicago also reports the body of Shantieya Smith, who disappeared on May 26, has been found. The 26-year-old’s body was found in a garage in the North Lawndale area of Chicago and, says CBS, “The Cook County Medical Examiner’s office confirmed Tuesday the body was Smith’s.”
Hello Beautiful reports Chicago Police Officer Jose Jara said there were pill bottles surrounding Shantieya’s body “but could not confirm if those bottles were empty and whether or not she ingested any pills prior to her death.”
Last week, WGN reported that the Chicago Police Department “has not determined the cases are related.”
However, it seems community activists believe there is a link. Rev. Robin Hood told WGN, “We started noticing that young women were disappearing and nobody was finding them. Increasingly, the neighborhood began to talk about people that were missing. We know sometimes that people who are runaways or missing — they sometimes show up. But the fear that we have … is that these last four young ladies didn’t show up, and one of them is dead.” He also added, “It’s terrifying. It really doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out something is going on.”
Exactly. Something is clearly going on and we hope Chicago Police Department is properly investigating. How many more women and girls will go missing before the police follow the lead of what community activists are saying?
We will keep you posted as more information surfaces.