(STMW) — The boyfriend of a Chicago woman found strangled in a south suburban waterway in 2009 is now charged in her death, authorities announced Wednesday.
Akira Sims, 37, was found dead in the Little Calumet River in Dolton after she was reported missing on April 4, 2009, according to a statement from Illinois State Police. Family members last saw her days before on March 26.READ MORE: 3 Hospitalized After Person Is Pushed Through Window During Fight At Congress Hotel Near Lollapalooza
An autopsy found she was strangled and ruled her death a homicide, the medical examiner’s office said.
Investigators later learned Sims had been with her boyfriend, Tyrik Knight, before she was reported missing, the statement said.READ MORE: Mayor Lightfoot Defends COVID Safety Precautions For Lollapalooza, But Says Going Maskless On Public Transit Is Not Acceptable
Knight, 31, of the 13800 block of South Atlantic Avenue in Riverdale, has since been arrested and charged with one count of first-degree murder, according to state police and court records.
“Cold cases are extremely hard to solve, but every homicide investigation remains open and is a priority for the Illinois State Police’s Cold Case Unit until we solve the case,” ISP Director Hiram Grau said.MORE NEWS: Lightfoot, Arwady: Masks Are Needed Indoors For Now Amid Rising COVID-19 Delta Variant Cases, But Vaccines Work, And It's Time To Get Vaccinated Now
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