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Rena Baker: Missing Chicago Mom’s Car Recovered With Body Inside

Missing Chicago Mom's Car Recovered With Body Inside

A body was discovered in a car on Tuesday morning that matched the description of a mother who went missing from the South Side. The disturbing find was reportedly uncovered by a worker for Chicago’s Streets and Sanitation Department. It was parked in Roseland, close to 94th and South LaSalle.

The Hyundai discovered on the South Side matches the description of the vehicle in which Rena Baker was last seen. The 39-year-old was last seen by family members on Wednesday at 76th and King Drive in the Chatham area of the city.

Surveillance footage showed her leaving her friend’s house and entering her vehicle. License plate readers on the Dan Ryan noticed a maroon Hyundai Sonata with the Illinois registration number Z709627.

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“On 79th and the Dan Ryan the police were able to see her vehicle to about 91st on the Dan Ryan,” said Andre Baker, Rena’s brother. Andre claims that she did not have her phone with her and that the automobile took a peculiar route.

“It doesn’t make sense,” he said. “She could have gone straight down King Drive to get home.” Baker, an Archer Heights resident and mother of three, is a dental assistant in an office located between 51st and Pulaski.

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“She was supposed to pick up her son [from school]. She’s always there on time and she wasn’t there,” said Andre. The mother also failed to see a significant event in her child’s life. “She graduated [on Monday].

This was supposed to be a celebratory day and the poor baby didn’t have her mom there,” said Andre. The body found in the car is still being identified by authorities. There was no other data to be had.

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