Two Men Charged in Forest Preserve Double Homicide at Cap Sauers Holdings Nature Preserve, Palos Park

COOK COUNTY, IL – Two Chicago men are each facing two counts of first degree murder for the deaths of two women whose bodies were found in a burning vehicle, Cook County Sheriff Thomas J. Dart announced today.

Robert Danno, 50, and Jose Fernardo Martinez-Hernandez, 24, were scheduled to appear in bond court earlier today.

The bodies of Mary Ann Urban-Danno, Robert Danno’s wife, and Theresa Urban, Robert Danno’s mother-in-law were found inside a Chrysler PT Cruiser in the Cap Sauers Holdings Nature Preserve in unincorporated Palos Park. The women were 51-years-old and 79-years-old, respectively.

A passerby reported the vehicle fire at approximately 11:45 p.m. Saturday. The bodies were found after the fire was extinguished. A post mortem examination found that the women had both been strangled.

According to a Sheriff’s Police investigation, the women were killed Saturday in the 5600 block of South Neenah Avenue in Chicago. Danno and Martinez-Hernandez then put the bodies in the PT Cruiser that belonged to Urban-Danno. The vehicle was left in the preserve and set on fire.

Sheriff Dart reminds the public that the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty by the government in a court of law.

Investigators at the scene of a double homicide near Cap Sauers Holdings Nature Preserve.

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