Des Plaines Police Department homicide investigation scene at Oakton Street and Maple Street in Des Plaines.
Des Plaines Police detectives are questioning a “person of interest” in the investigation of the strangulation death of a 24-year-old woman found Tuesday December 31, 2019 near a trash dumpster at the north end of a parking lot at the northwest corner of Oakton Street and Maple Street. Des Plaines police have not said whether the person is in custody or is a suspect, but have said there is no threat to the community. Another person was also interviewed for the case.
UPDATE, Registered Sex Offender Listed at Maple Street Address NOT Named as Suspect …
The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office (CCMEO) on Friday January 3, 2020 released the identity of the female homicide victim as Myra Rivera. Her death was ruled a homicide by strangulation. The CCMEO said her address is unknown.
Police said a man said he was picking garbage about 1:30 p.m. on New Year’s Eve Tuesday December 31, 2019 when he discovered an unresponsive woman near a dumpster in a parking lot in the back of a 2-story apartment over vacant medical offices building. The address of the 2-story building is 1578 Maple Street or 1792 Oakton Street in Des Plaines.
According to the Illinois State Police Offender Registry, a 51 year-old male convicted in Cook County of murder and aggravated criminal sex abuse and bodily harm lives in an apartment unit on the same property where the victim’s body was found (1578 Maple Street Des Plaines). The convicted murderer was convicted of killing a 16 year-old girl from Schaumburg by strangulation with a phone cord in July 1990. The convict was eligible for parole in 2006, and was released from prison in 2006 — possibly in June 2006. The convict is one of 53 offenders who are listed as registered sex offenders with addresses in Des Plaines. The convict is the only registered sex offender in Des Plaines who is also listed as a murderer. The list of Des Plaines registered sex offenders can be found at the Illinois State Police website www.isp.state.il.us/sor by entering “Des Plaines” in the city field. Cardinal News is not publishing the name of the convicted murderer because at the time of publishing this article he has not been named by officials as a suspect in the murder of 24 year-old Myra Rivera.
The block of 1500 Maple Street is north of Oakton Street near the cross street of Lincoln Avenue. The neighborhood is a quiet neighborhood between Oakton Street and Algonquin Road, just west of River Road, with many elaborate traditional Christmas decorations. The dumpster at the north end of the parking lot is located close to a 6-foot fence where a detached residential garage and then a ranch home are located north on the other side of the fence.
The Major Case Assistance Team (MCAT) van responded to the scene, and a panoramic camera was used for forensic photography in the northwest corner of the rear commercial parking lot. The parking lot, located behind the 2-story building at 1792 Oakton Street (or 1578 Maple) can park about eleven vehicles. Also, the asphalt parkway between Maple Street and the sidewalk along the property can park another eleven vehicles.
Firefighters returned to the scene to assist police about 8:00 p.m. Tuesday night and left again a short time later. Police remained on the scene past 8:30 p.m.
Maple Street was blocked between Oakton Street and Lincoln Avenue during the investigation. Police setup a perimeter with crime scene tape and barricades that blocked public access at commercial properties on both sides of Maple Street just north of Oakton Street.
Two private Facebook groups were established connected to victim Myra Rivera …
Justice 4 Myra Rivera
Myra Rivera! What happened to her and why?
The information in this article is an early report published before any summary information was confirmed or released by police or fire authorities.
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Police said more information will be released upon completion of the investigation by detectives with the Major Crimes Task Force Forensics Team.