A missing person's alert had been issued last month for Michelle Manalansan, 29, who was last seen on Feb. 9 at her apartment on the 300 block of East South Water Street in the Near East Side neighorhood.
March 17, police were called to the 1400 block of West Cullerton Avenue shortly
before 9 a.m. after neighbors in the building at that location reported a strong
to a police report, the woman's body was found decomposed in a plastic air
mattress that had been slit open. She was found in the mattress along with
According to the Cook County medical
examiner's office and police, investigators initially were unable to identify
the body because it had begun to decompose.
An autopsy was performed on
Monday and the results were inconclusive. Officials said the cause of death was
pending further investigation.