CHICAGO (CBS) – The man charged with the murder of Ja’nya Murphy – a young mother who was found dead in Wheeling earlier this month – has been extradited from Missouri and is due to appear for a bail hearing on Wednesday afternoon.
Ahmeel Fowler, 26, of Pingree Grove, has been charged under a warrant. He was identified as a person of interest at the start of the investigation and was taken into custody in Springfield, Missouri, two weeks ago.
READ MORE: Woman involved in I-355 crash meets nurse who first rescued her
Murphy, 21, was found dead at her home on November 9, and an autopsy later determined she had been strangled. Her 1-year-old daughter, Jaclyn “Angel” Dobbs, was missing when Murphy was found dead a few days later, but Jaclyn’s body was later found in a retention basin in Hammond, Indiana.
Fowler is charged with first degree murder in Murphy’s death and aggravated kidnapping in Angel’s kidnapping, but he has yet to be charged in Jaclyn’s death.
Wheeling Police said officers received a missing person report for Murphy, 21, at around 10:20 p.m. on November 9 – after she failed to show up for work or contact her family since. the day before.
READ MORE: Thanksgiving Trip: Here’s What You Need To Know Before You Go
When officers performed a wellness check at Murphy’s home, they found the door unlocked and Murphy dead inside. Jaclyn was missing, police said.
Police believe Murphy took Jaclyn in a brown 2020 Dodge Grand Caravan, which was later located in western Missouri, but Jaclyn was not with the vehicle and was believed to be in danger.
Police also said investigators had identified a person of interest now identified as Fowler based on video evidence.
Riding in the police force, he had a “previous relationship with Mrs. Murphy” but is not Jaclyn’s father. The three were last seen together on November 8 at a suburban mall.
Meanwhile, Jaclyn’s body was found on November 11. Glen Fifield said just before noon that day, fire crews were called into a retention pond in a cloverleaf exit ramp on the Borman Freeway (I-80/94) to Kennedy Avenue in Hammond. by construction workers who worked nearby.
“They saw what they thought was a body floating in water and they did the right thing and immediately called 911 and 911 sent the fire department, which is standard protocol for something like that, “Fifield said,” and they immediately went into the water and retrieved the body.
Divers recovered Jaclyn’s body from the retention basin.
NO MORE NEWS: Chicago business community leaders meet with state attorney and ask for answers on why repeat offenders seem to be easily back on the streets
Fowler is scheduled to appear Wednesday for a bail hearing on the murder and kidnapping charges at the Rolling Meadows courthouse. Wheeling Police said they expect Fowler to face additional charges.