Body found in sewer ID'd as Latashia Nevitt, missing since 2011

March 7, 2014 6:47:27 PM PST
A woman's body found by a water department crew in a Morgan Park sewer has been identified as that of Latashia Nevitt, 32, the Cook County Medical Examiner's office said.

The autopsy was inconclusive on her cause of death. Nevitt disappeared in October 2011. A water department employee found a body inside a valve basin about 10:45 a.m. Thursday in the area of West 107th Place and South Loomis Street, police said.

A City Water Department crew did get to their assignment on Loomis after they discovered a yet unidentified body at the valve basin Wednesday. Isaac Nevitt watched on from his home few yards away with pointed interest.

"Hoping it's not her, and if it's not her, still praying for the family of whoever it is," said Isaac Nevitt, on Thursday.

Nevitt's wife, Latashia, went missing two-and-a-half years ago. The body's location was extremely close to her home. Nevitt was last seen October 15, 2011, walking to a convenience store five blocks from her home near 107th and Loomis. Her family and volunteers helped search.

"We searched everywhere. We searched these buildings weren't even here at the time, we searched in the wooded area, we searched everywhere. But we never thought to look in the sewer," said Dawn Valenti, search volunteer.

A city water crew said the woman was found in a valve basin where crews go to shut off the water main, a space with bricks around a valve. There is no water flow in or out of it. The body was stuffed in the space in a black, heavy-duty plastic bag with no ties. When the crew went to shut off the valve to work on the water main down the street, they say they found the body.

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