The mother and daughter found dead in a burning car in a southwest suburban forest preserve had been strangled earlier in the day by the younger woman's husband and an accomplice.
Robert Danno, 50, and Jose Fernardo Martinez-Hernandez, 24, are each charged
with first-degree murder in the deaths of Mary Ann Urban-Danno, 51, and her
mother, Theresa Urban, 71.
Authorities believe the men strangled Danno's wife and mother-in-law Saturday
on Chicago's Southwest Side, then loaded their bodies into a PT Cruiser and
drove to a forest preserve near Palos Park, leaving the vehicle on fire.
Firefighters were called to the Cap Sauers Holdings Nature Preserve near Ford
and Wolf roads around 11:45 p.m. Saturday. Crews found the vehicle engulfed in flames and discovered the
bodies after putting out the fire.
Autopsies on Sunday determined that both women had been strangled and their
deaths have been ruled homicides.
Officials believe the murders happened Saturday in the 5600 block of South
Neenah Avenue, in Chicago's Garfield Ridge neighborhood