Missing Mom Found Dead

Police are expected to update the case of Melissa Best during a news conference Tuesday morning

By Lacey McCraney
|  Tuesday, Apr 26, 2011  |  Updated 4:48 PM CDT
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Round Lake Park Mother Vanishes

Melissa Ann Best, 34, was last seen dropping off a child at a friend's house last Friday and then never returning.

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Round Lake Park Mother Vanishes

It was business as usual for 34-year-old Melissa Best until her daughter asked for a ride to a friend's house. Then Best disappeared.
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A missing mother from north suburban Round Lake Park has been found dead, police said.

Police told the Chicago Tribune the body of Melissa Best, 34, was found in nearby Grayslake after she went missing more than a week ago. She was found Monday night in the parking lot of an apartment complex.

The Tribune reports there were no outward signs of trauma on Best’s body. An autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday.

Police will hold a news conference at 11 a.m. Tuesday to announce further information in Best's case.

The 34-year-old, stay-at-home mother of two had not been seen since April 15, when she dropped off one of her children at a friend's house.

Best was a student at the College of Lake County. She drove a Pontiac minivan with gray trim, Illinois license plate A77 0405.

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