Police have also begun looking through missing children reports in the city and state and have contacted the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, [Chicago Police spokesperson Anthony ] Guglielmi said.
Detectives have not yet determined the identity of the remains or the cause of death. The evidence will be sent to the Cook County medical examiner, who will be able to determine the manner of death in the coming days, according to Guglielmi.
“We are not talking of a newborn, and we are not talking about a first grader,” Ervin said at a press conference on Monday. “This is someone who should have been noticed is not around.”