Editor’s note: This story has been updated with information from the Evanston and Chicago police departments.
The Evanston Police Department Monday afternoon identified Nyasia Jennings, a 15-year-old girl from Chicago, as the person found dead at the Holiday Inn on Sherman Avenue this weekend.
The EPD, along with the Evanston Fire Department, responded to a call from the hotel on Saturday, Dec. 10 about a possible dead body in a sixth-floor room. First responders recovered Jennings’ body, and EPD launched a death investigation.
“Jennings had been reported as a missing runaway prior to her death,” EPD said in a Monday news release. “The medical examiner’s determination of manner and cause of death are pending toxicology.”
EPD Commander Ryan Glew told the RoundTable late Monday that the death investigation revealed the missing person report involving Jennings. Glew did not know who made the report or how long ago, and the Chicago Police Department said it did “not have a missing persons flier for” Jennings.
The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services did not immediately respond to calls from the RoundTable on Monday night.
Preliminary information from the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office only revealed that Jennings’ death was not related to heat, cold or COVID-19 illness. Glew said EPD has no comment on potential foul play pending further investigation and the results of the medical examiner’s autopsy, though there appears to be no threat or danger to the general public related to Jennings’ death.
EPD is asking for help from the public with any information about the circumstances of Jennings’ death. Contact the Evanston Police Detective Bureau at 847-866-5040 or Text-A-Tip to CRIMES (274637) and then start your message with EPDTIP.
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