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The body of Elise Malary was found near a lake in Michigan who was identified as the missing Evanston woman and transgender rights advocate.
The 31-year-old woman was reported missing on March 11, according to local authorities. The last time her family was contacted was March 9, and officers said she was last seen in the 700 block of Hinman Avenue.
Malary’s vehicle was found Tuesday in an Evanston parking lot, specifically on Hinman Avenue and South Boulevard.according to the agents.
The day she was reported missing, her family and friends gathered to conduct a search in Rogers Park.in the vicinity of the Evanston border and near the Howard Red Line stop, after her family said she was seen there with two men.
In addition, Police said she was last seen near her Evanston apartment.near the border of Rogers Park, and his vehicle was found in a parking lot with no evidence of where Malary might be.
Although the door to his apartment was unlocked, authorities said they found nothing in his home or in his vehicle that could point to foul play.
His body was recovered along the lake shore in the 500 block of Sherodan Square, near Garden Park in Evanston.around 4:30 p.m., city officials reported.
“He saw the legs first, but he was, he was pretty shocked! And I think he was stunned and silent for the next two days,” said Ruth Lambach.
Lambach had said his grandson, 19, was walking with a friend on his last day in the United States before returning to Switzerland when Malary’s body was found.
“Clearly his head was upside down in the water,” Lambach. “I know Tristan told me that he had socks on, and he couldn’t understand that. Because, he was also, more or less, thinking and he didn’t think that he was drowning. He believed that maybe someone pushed her, or maybe he accidentally fell down.”
Malary had advocated for the rights of transgender people in her city, so she will now be remembered for the impact of her good deeds as an activist.
District 49 Councilwoman Maria Hadden wrote her condolences to her relatives on the social network Twitter and said “I am heartbroken to share that Elise is no longer alive and with us… our community is beginning to process her loss and our grief. Elise Malary will be terribly missed.”
For his part, Illinois Governor JB Pritzker tweeted the following: “The loss of Elise Malary is heartbreaking. My heart goes out to all of her loved ones, as well as the entire transgender community in Illinois. You deserve to feel safe in your home and I will continue to do everything in my power to make Illinois welcoming and inclusive for all.”.
Thus, Hadden said that Brave Space Alliance, the first Black and Transgender-led LGBTQ+ center on the South Side, created a fundraiser to help with Malary’s funeral expenses.
The medical examiner has yet to report the cause and manner of death of the woman.
The Evanston Police Department announced that they are continuing to investigate the case and asked anyone with information related to the incident to call the Evanston Police Detective Bureau at 845-866-5040.
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