A missing model Irma Sabanovic, whose one friend said had "a dignified, quiet beauty" was believed found dead after her car was pulled from the North Branch of the Chicago River near Goose Island today.
Over a week ago, Sabanovic, 25, sent her boyfriend a text saying she was lost while on her way to a Goose Island nightclub.
By Saturday afternoon, the hopes of the friends and fellow Bosnians who had gathered to look for her were dashed after crews pulled Sabanovic’s car out of the Chicago River with a female body inside.
The blue Ford Focus was pulled from the Chicago River moments after a police marine unit discovered the missing model's body and less than two hours after Safa Sabanovic and others started this search.
The body had not been positively identified by the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office as of Saturday evening. But a Chicago Police department spokesman confirmed that the license plate of the vehicle pulled from the river matches that of a vehicle driven by a 25-year-old West Rogers Park woman reported missing last week.
Sabanovic was a Bosnian refugee who moved to Chicago with her father over 10 years ago.The two had been living alone since the woman’s mother died of cancer in 2009.
Sabanovic’s friends have raised nearly $15,000 to raise awareness about her disappearance.Friends say the money will be used for funeral costs and to transport Sabanovic’s body to Bosnia.