A person was in custody Wednesday in relation to the strangling death of a woman whose body was found in a Schaumburg apartment after she failed to appear at Easter Sunday services, authorities said. She had failed to show up for Easter church services on Sunday, and members of the congregation had become anxious.
Bulmaro Mejia-Maya is charged with first-degree murder, home invasion and sexual assault.
Schaumburg police said Wednesday night a suspect was in custody in connection with the death of Tiffany Thrasher, and more information would be released at a press conference at 10 a.m. Thursday.
An autopsy Monday found she died of strangulation and her death was ruled a homicide, the Cook County medical examiner's office said.
"The Schaumburg Police Department worked persistently to ensure the safety of its residents to solve this horrific crime". Detectives said they believed the suspect entered Thrasher's apartment through a ground floor window that was unlocked.
Police Sergeant Christy Lindhurst told reporters that Mejia-Maya lived in a nearby building, but she does not know if he had ever had any contact with the victim.
Mejia-Maya fled to Florida after the murder. A GoFundMe account has been set up to help Thrasher's family with funeral expenses.
When they interviewed him, detectives said, he made incriminating statements about brutal killing - where he attacked and strangled a young woman in her apartment. Her body was found later that day. "She loved her church, her family, her canine children and her Chicago Cubs", Thrasher's sister, Misty King, wrote online.
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