Murder, Kidnapping at Apartment on Inland Drive in Wheeling

Ja'nya Murphy (left) and Jaclyn Dobbs (SOURCE: Wheeling Police Department)
Ja’nya Murphy (left) and Jaclyn Dobbs (SOURCE: Wheeling Police Department).

Wheeling police responded about 10:22 p.m. on Tuesday, November 9, 2021 to a report of a missing person with a residence at 365 Inland Drive in Wheeling. Family members became concerned that 21 year-old Ms. Ja’nya Murphy had not been to work, nor had been in contact with family members since the previous day. Ms. Murphy lived with her one year-old daughter Jaclyn “Angel” Dobbs at 365 Inland Drive in Wheeling. After initial attempts to contact Ms. Murphy failed, Wheeling police officers called for the assistance of the Wheeling Fire Department to access the balcony of Murphy’s residence. The door by the balcony was found unlocked.




When police entered the apartment for the check for Murphy’s well-being they discovered Ja’nya Murphy had apparently been murdered, and that Jaclyn “Angel” Dobbs was missing.

Wheeling Police Department along with the Northwest Suburban Major Crimes Assistance Team are actively working to secure the safe return of Angel, and to identify and apprehend the suspect or suspects responsible.

Ja'nya Murphy (left) and Jaclyn Dobbs (SOURCE: Wheeling Police Department)
Ja’nya Murphy (left) and Jaclyn “Angel” Dobbs (SOURCE: Wheeling Police Department).
Jaclyn "Angel" Dobbs, missing (SOURCE: Wheeling Police Department)
Jaclyn “Angel” Dobbs, missing (SOURCE: Wheeling Police Department).

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The homicide victim, Ja’nya Murphy is a 2018 graduate of Stevenson High School and lived with her daughter in Wheeling.

The Wheeling Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in locating Angel. There was no mention of an AMBER ALERT. Certain suspect information is required before an AMBER ALERT can be activated.

Wheeling Police Department urges anyone with information about the homicide and kidnapping case to call 847-459-2690.




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