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Missing woman found dead in Midlothian forest preserve

Vanessa Ceja-Ramirez was last seen at the Midlothian Meadows Forest Preserve after walking there with her mother and a friend. Her body was discovered there two days later.

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

Authorities are working to determine the cause of death of a 22-year-old Harvey woman whose body was found at a south suburban forest preserve, where she went missing two days earlier.

The body of Vanessa Ceja-Ramirez was found 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Midlothian Meadows Forest Preserve, 15300 S. Crawford Ave., according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

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.

Ceja-Ramirez’s autopsy results are expected to be released later Thursday.

The Cook County sheriff’s office said it’s conducting a death investigation.