Chicago, Mar 9: A 32-year-old Indian origin woman was found dead, months after she was reported missing from Maine Township near Chicago in Jan 2010, police officials said on Tuesday, Mar 9.
Cook County Sheriff's Office spokesman Steve Patterson said that the body of Sangitagen Patel was recovered from the Des Plaines River on Sunday, Mar 7.
Patterson said that it was a case of suicide as to there seems to be no signs of foul play.
"After interviewing those who knew Patel, police investigators determined her actions in the days before her disappearance suggested the potential for suicide," Patterson said.
Patterson said that the autopsy report by by the Cook County Medical Examiner revealed that the cause of death was drowning.
The body was recovered from the Des Plaines river on Sunday, Mar 7, afternoon by Cook County Forest Preserve Police after a couple kayaking in the water spotted the body caught in river debris about a quarter-mile south of Milwaukee Avenue.
Prior to the identification of the body by Patel's parents on Tuesday, Mar 9, the recovery of personal property, including jewellery, at the scene helped the officials in identifying it.
Police said that Patel was last seen leaving for office in her black uniform pants and purple jacket on Jan 2.
She was 'purportedly walking towards the bus stop to go to work' at Subway restaurant in Wheeling before she was reportedly missing.
Police, based on the information gathered during the investigation said that there was neither any history of domestic trouble between Patel and her husband, nor did she ever remain way from home without contacting him.