Investigators have found evidence nearly a week after beginning their search of a Southwest Side lagoon as part of an undisclosed criminal investigation, police said.
Authorities confirmed Monday that evidence had been found but would not specify what the evidence was.
Police Marine Unit divers first started searching the lagoon near 71st and California last Tuesday after receiving a tip.
Detectives would not release what the tip was or what they are looking for, but the lagoon is located in the same area where a Georgia woman, Laneesha Miller, was reported missing in late June.
Miller’s parents say the 28-year-old had never returned home after visiting friends in Chicago. She last talked to her father on June 21, according to family members. The mother of three has relatives in Chicago, but they will not comment on the case at the request of her parents.
When news of the lagoon search broke, Miller’s mother posted a message to her Facebook page asking for “prayer warriors” to pray for her daughter’s safe return.
Investigators began draining thousands of gallons of water from the lagoon last Tuesday night to help divers make their way through the murky waters.
A source close to the investigation told NBC Chicago it could take up to 100 man hours to drain just a small portion of the lagoon, meaning it could take days for the water to be emptied.
Chicago Police News Affairs said detectives did not want to release details or confirm if the investigation is indeed connected to the disappearance Laneesha Miller while the search was ongoing.