The search for a missing couple has taken a tragic turn. Natalie Brooksona 22-year-old attending the University of Illinois at Chicago has been identified as a body recovered from Lake Michigan near the 5500 block of North Sheridan Road The Chicago Sun Times. Her boyfriend Daniel Sotelo26, remains missing.
“Natally is one of the sweetest and kindest people I’ve ever met,” a friend wrote in a GoFundMe Campaign to cover funeral, wake and other expenses. “I wish she didn’t have to go through this, she didn’t deserve it, not even a little bit. Natally was a private person, it takes a bit to gain her trust but once you’ve become her friend she’s only a phone call away if you need anything.”
The body was found on May 2nd. Brookson’s cause of death and manner of death are still pending.
Sotelo was reported missing on April 29 and was last seen near the 1700 block of South Racine Avenue, officials said. Brookson, a psychology student, was reported missing the day after and was last seen leaving work at the 5500 block of North Maplewood Avenue.
Sotelo, the boyfriend, was reported missing before Brookson, the girlfriend.
Daniel’s sister Jennifer Sotelo said the missing man was planning his graduation before his disappearance, sources said Chicago FOX subsidiary WFLD. Like Brookson, he went to the University of Illinois at Chicago. He was just days away from earning his master’s degree in organic chemistry, his sister said.
Relatives reportedly said his roommate dropped him off at the Chicago Transit Authority’s Roosevelt stop Red line. Sotelo just said he would go north from there.
“We don’t know exactly where he was headed,” Jennifer said. “We assume it was about seeing his girlfriend, but that hasn’t been confirmed.”
The Chicago Police Department describes Daniel as a Hispanic male who is 5 feet, 8 inches tall and weighs 155 pounds. He has brown eyes, brown hair and a medium complexion, they said.
Daniel Sotelo is known to frequent the 6100 block area of N. Winthrop Avenue.
Police are asking that if he is found, call the Chicago Police Area 3 SVU at (312) 744-8266.
“I would just tell him, ‘Please come home,'” Jennifer said. “‘You have many family members, friends, cousins who are concerned about you and we just want to hear from you.”
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