Body Of Missing Chicago Mom Had Been In Morgue For More Than A Year

CHICAGO (CBS/AP) – The family of a Chicago woman missing since January 2010  has received some bad news: Her remains had been in the Cook County morgue for more than a year.

The identification of Carmelita Johnson’s remains was made after her family provided her dental records last week to a detective, the Chicago Tribune reports. A family member confirmed to CBS 2 that Johnson had been identified and that her remains had been pulled from Lake Michigan in April 2010.

The dental records were needed because the body was so badly decomposed it couldn’t be identified through DNA, Johnson’s daughter Leslie Jackson said.

Jackson says she’s angry because she believes the police dragged its feet. Police say they did what they could to find Johnson.

Jackson had told CBS 2 her mom had a turbulent relationship with an ex-boyfriend.

The medical examiner’s office says a cause of death hasn’t been determined.

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  • katie

    that’s a damn shame? I hope her family sues the city plus the police because if her death was the result of the ex-boyfriend then he has had a year to dissapear because of their negliigence? and personally holding her body for over a year an autopsy should have been done then? city of chicago sticks to high hell!

    • empirical

      katie – you is stupid. bet you sued lots of folks blaming them for you being stupid.

  • Harry

    WHY couldn’t the family produce dental records earlier and to the police? Seems there would have been an opportunity to do that autopsy and try to catch the culprit responsible.

  • kels~

    that’s despicable!

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