1-year-old Jaclyn ‘Angel’ Dobbs kidnapped in Wheeling found dead

By | November 12, 2021

Endangered Missing Persons Advisory notification canceled for 1-year-old Jaclyn ‘Angel’ Dobbs, whose mother was found dead, the day she disappeared

On Wednesday, November 10, 2021, the Wheeling police department who had received report about a missing person, 21-year-old Ja’nya Murphy, were searching her house on the 300 block of Inland Drive, when they found the body of the 21-year-old lying on the floor, and her 1-year-old daughter, Jaclyn ‘Angel’ Dobbs, was no where to be found. Police who were concerned about the safety of the little girl issued an endangered missing persons advisory notification.

What happened to Jaclyn ‘Angel’ Dobbs?

It so sad that the search will have to come to an end in such a tragic manner. Mother and child found dead in the same week, what tragedy. 1 year old Jaclyn ‘Angel’ Dobbs was found dead on Thursday, November 11, 2021, in a Northwest Indiana retention pond off the interstate, which is a day after she was kidnapped. 

Apparently the toddler must have been killed the same day she disappeared, and dumped in the pond. officers conducted search up to I-80 and Kennedy Avenue, and were unlucky until their attention was called by construction workers, to a young girls body in the pond. According to a post made on Missing Person Awareness Network NFP, the pond “is about four to five feet deep” and no one knows how the little girl got there.

Ja’nya Murphy cause of death

After the body was found in the homicide scene it was carried to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office for forensic check, and it was revealed that she died of strangulation. Murphy died of asphyxia from being strangled, The Wheeling Deputy Police Chief Al Steffen says, it  was “targeted,” and calculated no a “random thing.” 

Steffen said her death has been ruled a homicide, and is currently being investigated, and a person of interest has been identified and is currently in police custody, though the identity of the person has not been revealed.

Our deepest sympathies for her family and all those who know and love her. May she now rest in peace with her mother Ja’nya Murphy, also murdered immediately prior to her disappearance.
May they both rest in peace.