Autopsy inconclusive for missing Schaumburg woman found dead in trunk

Sureel Dabawala was found dead and wrapped in a blanket in the trunk of her Lexus, authorities said.

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Sureel Dabawala

Sureel Dabawala

Schaumburg police

The cause of death remains undetermined for a missing Schaumburg woman who was found dead in the trunk of her own car Monday on the West Side.

An autopsy Wednesday did not rule on the cause or manner of death for 34-year-old Sureel Dabawala pending further investigation, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Dabawala was reported missing by her family after she failed to return home on Dec. 30, according to a missing person alert from Schaumburg police. She was considered “endangered” because of a medical condition.

About 8:34 p.m. Monday, Dabawala was found dead in the trunk of her Lexus in the 200 block of North Kilpatrick Avenue in West Garfield Park, according to Chicago police.

Sureel Dabawala was last seen driving a white 2011 Lexus with an Illinois license plate of L411736.

Sureel Dabawala was last seen driving this 2011 Lexus in Schaumburg. She was later found dead inside its trunk in Chicago

Schaumburg police

Private investigators hired by Dabawala’s family located the Lexus and found her unresponsive, wrapped inside a blanket in the trunk, a law enforcement source said. The investigators called Dabawala’s family and waved down police officers nearby.

Chicago police are handling the case as a death investigation.

Schaumburg police are also investigating. Anyone with information is asked to call investigators at 847-882-3534. 

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