MYSTERY follows the fate of missing student Daniel Sotelo when his girlfriend is found dead in Lake Michigan two weeks after she disappeared.
Natally Brookson’s body was dredged from Lake Michigan near Bryn Mawr Avenue on Monday, May 2, and officially identified by her family, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office.
The 22-year-old psychology student went missing on Sunday, April 30, and was last seen at her place of work – Friedman Place – near Lincoln Avenue and Bryn Mawr Avenue.
The young woman reportedly quit her job at the community center for blind adults on April 30, according to Natally’s contributor Charlie De Mar, CBS 2 reports.
She had also retired from the spring semester at the UIC College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
“I broke down because of what happened,” Thet Wai Aung said.
“There’s no way Natally would do that to himself.”
“Your family deserves the answers as to why it happened,” said Tom Wojcik.
Meanwhile, her boyfriend, 26-year-old Sotelo, remains missing, having disappeared the same day.
The last person Sotelo saw was his roommate, who dropped him off near Roosevelt Road and State Street and was told the grad student was heading north, but said no more.
According to Sotelo’s sister, in the run-up to his disappearance, her brother had discussed future plans, including working on an organic farm in Naperville.
“It is very hard. I can only imagine as a parent how it would feel if one of your children went missing,” his sister Jennifer said.
“I would just tell him please come home, you have many family members, friends, cousins who are worried about you and we just want to hear from you.”
Jennifer said it was completely out of character for her brother to disappear.
When he went missing, Sotelo’s family believed he might have been with Natally, but could not confirm this.
Meanwhile, tributes have arrived for the aspiring psy student.
“Natally was such a caring, smart and strong woman,” said a friend of GoFundMe, who has campaigned to help with funeral arrangements.
“She was loved by everyone and always radiated positivity.”
Another wrote: “He had a very big heart for her friends and family. Your kindness, generosity and joy will live forever in the hearts of all.”
Sotelo and Natally both attended UIC, where Sotelo graduated last weekend.
Anyone with information on Sotelo’s whereabouts was asked to call Area Three SVU detectives at 312-744-8266.
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