Emily Anderson, a 25-year-old woman from Loves Park, Illinois, went missing on June 19, 2017, after leaving a bar with some friends. Her body was found 111 days later in her car, which was submerged in the Rock River in Roscoe, Illinois. The cause of her death remains unknown, and her family believes that someone else was involved in her disappearance and death.
A Night Out That Turned Into a Nightmare
Emily Anderson was last seen by her friends at around 2 a.m. on June 19, 2017, at Neighbors Bar & Grill in Loves Park. She was wearing a black tank top, blue jeans, and black sandals. She drove away in her silver 2002 Pontiac Grand Am, which had a pink steering wheel cover and a pink Illinois license plate with the number PINKY 97.
According to her family, Emily had epilepsy and was taking medication for it. She also had a history of drug abuse and domestic violence, and had a restraining order against her ex-boyfriend, who had assaulted her in the past. However, her family said that she was trying to turn her life around and had plans to go back to school and become a nurse.
Her debit card was used at 2:41 a.m. at the Steak ‘n Shake restaurant in Machesney Park, about five miles away from the bar. However, it is unclear if she was the one who used it, or if someone else had access to her card. Her phone was also turned off around that time, and no one heard from her again.
A Search That Ended in Tragedy
Emily’s family and friends reported her missing and launched a massive search campaign, using social media, flyers, billboards, and rallies to spread the word and seek information. They also offered a $10,000 reward for any clues that could lead to her whereabouts.
The police investigated several leads and persons of interest, but none of them resulted in any breakthroughs. They also searched the Rock River several times, using sonar and divers, but did not find any sign of Emily or her car.
On October 9, 2017, a resident of Fantail Lane in Roscoe noticed a car partially submerged in the river behind his house. He called the police, who confirmed that it was Emily’s car. They pulled it out of the water and found Emily’s body inside, still wearing the same clothes she had on the night she vanished.
The police said that the car had been in the river for a long time, and that the high water levels and vegetation had concealed it from view. They also said that there was no evidence of foul play or trauma on Emily’s body, and that the cause of her death could not be determined due to the advanced state of decomposition.
A Family That Demands Justice
Emily’s family and friends were devastated by the discovery of her body, and frustrated by the lack of answers. They refused to accept that Emily’s death was an accident or a suicide, and suspected that someone else was responsible for putting her car in the river.
They pointed out several inconsistencies and gaps in the police investigation, such as the lack of surveillance footage, the missing phone records, the unexplained debit card transaction, and the absence of witnesses or suspects. They also claimed that the police did not take their tips and leads seriously, and that they ignored or dismissed some potential evidence.
They appealed to the public for any information or assistance that could help them solve the mystery of Emily’s death. They also hired a private investigator and a forensic pathologist to conduct their own inquiries and analyses. They hoped to find some clues or proof that could implicate the person or persons who they believed killed Emily and tried to cover it up.
Emily Anderson’s cause of death remains a mystery after four years, but her family and friends are not giving up on their quest for justice. They believe that someone knows what happened to Emily, and that someone will eventually come forward and tell the truth.