Body of Missing North Chicago Boy Recovered Near Abandoned House in Gary

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Damari Perry homicide investigation (North Chicago Police Department)
Damari Perry homicide investigation (North Chicago Police Department).

During the early morning hours of Saturday, January 8, 2022, the investigation into the case of missing Damari Perry led special agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and detectives from the City of North Chicago Police Department to the body of Damari Perry. According to the North Chicago Police Department and the FBI, the body was recovered near an abandoned house in the block of 700 Van Buren Street in Gary, Indiana. The Indiana State Police and the Lake County, Indiana Coroner’s Officer assisted in the recovery. The Lake County, Indiana Coroner’s Office retained custody of the body. An autopsy will be conducted in the near future.


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Three adult family members believed to be responsible for Damari’s death are in police custody. All juvenile members of the family are in the custody of DCFS.  

North Chicago Police Department detectives are working with law enforcement partners and the Lake County, Illinois State’s Attorney’s Office to charge those responsible for Damari’s death. The North Chicago Police Department said there is no threat to the general public.

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Police sources had confirmed Friday that missing person case involving 6-year-old Damari Perry of North Chicago became a homicide investigation. Additional details about the death of Damari Perry were not initially available Friday.

The North Chicago Police Department asks anyone who may have information regarding the disappearance and homicide of Damari Perry to call the North Chicago Police Department at 847-596-8740.

The North Chicago Police Department initially requested the assistance of the community in locating Endangered Missing Juvenile named Damari Perry. He was last seen wearing a black Jacket, camouflage pants, and black gym shoes at a party believed to be in Skokie on Tuesday, January 4, 2022 between 5:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. The precise location of the party was not released and is possibly unknown.

Perry and his 16-year-old sister were passengers in a vehicle that was driven to the party by a female/black known only as “Monique”. They were accompanied by a male/black known as “Wacko” or “Chaos”. “Monique” was reportedly driving a black 4-door Nissan sedan (unknown year or model) with tinted front windows and a dent in the front passenger door.

Damari Perry’s sister described that the apartment building was possibly a three-story yellow building with an exposed stairway. The building maybe located in or near Skokie.

Allegedly, Damari’s sister had several drinks at the party and fell asleep. She reported to police that when she woke up approximately two hours later, Damari and “Wacko” were no longer in the apartment. She was driven back to North Chicago by “Monique,” police said.

“Wacko” is approximately a 22 year-old with a thin build and short braids. He was described as having a tattoo with cursive writing above one of his eyebrows.

“Monique” is approximately a 20 year-old and approximately 5’5″ tall.

Anyone with information about the case is urged to call the North Chicago Police Department at 847-596-8740.



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