Three weeks after she went missing, Chicago police discovered the body of 19-year-old Marlen Ochoa-Uriostegui just a few miles from her home. Police found her body on Wednesday in the garbage can that belonged to 46-year-old Clarissa Figueroa. Police arrested Figueroa, and her boyfriend 40-year-old Piotr Bobak and 24-year-old daughter Desiree Figueroa in connection to the death of Ochoa-Uriostegui.
Since Ochoa-Uriostegui first went missing after leaving her high school on April 23, her family and friends knew something was wrong. They said that Ochoa-Uriostegui would have never abandoned her 3-year-old son. Police officials began to piece together a suspicious story in which Figueroa called the police on April 23 to report that she had just given birth and that her newborn was blue and not breathing. Investigators conducted a DNA test on the baby, who is currently in the hospital in critical condition, and found at that he matched the DNA of Ochoa-Uriostegui and her husband.
In a heartbreaking revelation, officials said that Figueroa lured Ochoa-Uriostegui on Facebook. In a Facebook group intended for young moms, Figueroa told Ochoa-Uriostegui that she could give her a stroller and baby clothes. Ochoa-Uriostegui drove to the woman’s house, and that is where, according to police, she was strangled to death. The baby was ripped from her womb, and Figueroa claimed the baby as her own. While Ochoa-Uriostegui was killed just a few days before her due date, the baby’s condition isn’t looking good. Police also report that Figueroa set up a GoFundMe page to raise almost $10,000 to pay for the baby’s funeral. Officials were led to Figueroa after an anonymous tip, which led to testing the baby’s DNA.
Cecelia Garcia, a spokeswoman for Ochoa-Uriostegui’s family, said the young woman met Figueroa on the Facebook group called “Help A Sister Out.”
“It just seems surreal. You see this stuff on the movies,” Garcia said to CBS News. “You never get to know someone, people actually are this evil.
People on social media talked about the dangers of online groups because they are so readily used and never questioned about people’s intentions.
Jen Ritchie tweeted, “Oh my God again with this scam. Last time it was Craigslist. Marketplace feels deceptively safer. Monsters are real. You must go to a public place. This is in no way on the victim.”
Ochoa-Uriostegui was part of a mysterious ring of cases in which a couple of women had gone missing. Ochoa-Uriostegui was one of two women who disappeared and were both pregnant.