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Woman found dead in Midlothian forest preserve was strangled: autopsy

Vanessa Ceja-Ramirez died of asphyxiation from ligature strangulation, the autopsy showed

Vanessa Ceja Ramirez went missing Nov. 2, 2020, in Midlothian.
Vanessa Ceja Ramirez went missing Nov. 2, 2020, in Midlothian.
Midlothian police

A 22-year-old Harvey woman, whose body was found earlier this week at a Midlothian forest preserve, was strangled.

Autopsy results released Thursday revealed Vanessa Ceja-Ramirez died of asphyxiation due to a ligature strangulation, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Ceja-Ramirez’s body was found Wednesday afternoon at the Midlothian Meadows forest preserve at 15300 S. Crawford Ave. in the south suburb, two days after she went missing, authorities have said.

She went missing Nov. 2 after walking in the forest preserve with her mother and a friend, according to Midlothian police and the Missing Persons Awareness Network. She decided to turn back to the car mid-walk, and couldn’t be located or contacted afterward.

Anyone with information is asked to call Cook County sheriff’s police at 708-865-4896.