Police say they identified the body of a woman found on a South Side beach this morning and missing since almost Halloween.
Officials identified the woman as 22-year-old Davane Gross, whose body was found in Oakwood Beach in Chicago’s southern neighborhood.
Police have yet to provide any additional information, such as the cause of death.
Gross had not been seen or heard from for seven days after leaving his home in Riverdale, officials report.
Davane’s aunt Krista Gross said she was last seen the day after Halloween in the morning around 6 a.m. and was last seen around 9 a.m. chef, ”according to Krista.
“We’re not going to stop,” Krista said. “We’ll take you home baby, we’ll take you home.”
Krista said Davane was at her grandparents’ house on Halloween night, chatting with her grandfather when her aunt left the house. Later that night, Davane reportedly went to her mother-in-law’s house around 3 a.m.
At around 6 a.m., Krista said Davane told her family she was going back to her grandparents. When she did not return, Krista called her around 8 a.m. to ask her where she was, to which Davane explained that she had gone to the lake.
Krista said Davane’s stepsister FaceTime called her around 9 a.m. and saw that she was at the Shedd Aquarium. Davane had not been seen since.
“Between here and now, we don’t know,” Krista said. “It’s so different from her. One thing Davane does all the time – she keeps in touch with her older brother. She hasn’t contacted, it’s nothing. We haven’t heard anything.”
Krista explains that Davane is working, trying to find a job and decides to continue her studies. Davane played basketball for St.Joes and wants to become a WNBA player, according to her aunt.
Cheneae Jones, Davane’s cousin, asked anyone for help, saying they were a “tight-knit family” and that it had already been a “difficult year”.
“It’s been seven days,” Jones said. “The glimmer of hope is starting to fade.”
According to a flyer, Davane is five feet tall and weighs 130 pounds. Her hair is black and her eyes are brown. She was last seen wearing a black hoodie and black pants.