A 39-year-old missing Chicago woman is dead, according to the victim’s family.
The family of Rena Baker issued the following statement Thursday morning:
“We are deeply saddened to confirm that our beloved Rena has passed away. Rena was a beautiful, warm, loving individual who touched everyone she interacted with. Her absence leaves an incredible void in the lives of her children, as well as our family and friends.
“We would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to every individual and organization that helped in the search for Rena, your prayers and words of encouragement supported us through this difficult time. At this time, we kindly request that our wish for privacy be respected as we navigate this tragic loss.
“Again, we extend our deepest thanks for the compassion and understanding of everyone involved and for the continued respect for our privacy moving forward.”
Baker, who worked at a dental office near 51st and Pulaski, was last seen on May 31 driving a 2004 maroon Hyundai Sonata in Chatham by 76th and King Drive.
Earlier this week, a body was found in her car. As of Thursday, whether that body was identified as Baker’s had not been confirmed.