Missing for 2 weeks, Indian-American woman found dead in car

New York: In a sensational incident, a 34-year-old Indian-American woman Sureel Dabawala — missing for nearly two weeks — has been found dead under mysterious circumstances in the trunk of her car in Illinois.

Dabawala was reported missing by her family on January 1 after she failed to return to her home in Schaumburg, Illinois on December 30, Schaumburg Police Department said in a statement.

“She had gone to work out at a gym and was last seen driving her car. She never came home after that,” her family was quoted as saying by the Chicago Tribune.

Sureel was the daughter of Schaumburg based Asharaf Dabawala, a respected physician in the area, hailing from Gujarat. Indians living in the area described the Dabawalas as the most loving and generous people.

After private investigators hired by Dabawala’s family located her white sedan parked in Chicago’s West Garfield Park neighborhood, Chicago police officers were called there.

Dabawala was found wrapped in a blanket and authorities later pronounced her dead.

Dabawala’s sister said her family was not yet sure what happened to her sister, and they were awaiting updates from the police and information from the autopsy before speculating about her final moments, the report said.

Dabawala had completed her MBA from University Chicago and was working at a medical center managed by her father, who is a doctor, reports abc7Chicago.com.

In the days following Sureel’s disappearance, the Dabawala family had announced a $10,000 reward for anyone who could provide any information about the young woman.

The cause of Sureel’s death still remains unknown, police said as investigations and toxicology reports which would help authorities determine the cause may take up to a month.

Image courtesy of Sureel Dabawala/Facebook

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