Brissa Romero : “Body of Missing Teen Found in Vernon Hills Pond Identified as Brissa Romero”

Death – Obituary – Accident and Crime News : Body of Missing Teen Found in Vernon Hills Pond Identified

By Brissa Romero, News Writer

Vernon Hills, IL – In a tragic turn of events, the body recovered from a pond in Vernon Hills has been identified as that of Brissa Romero, a 17-year-old girl from Carpentersville who had been reported missing by her family last week. The Lake County coroner’s office announced on Wednesday that preliminary autopsy results revealed no significant injuries and that the cause of the teen’s death is consistent with drowning.

The discovery of Romero’s body came during the second day of an intensive search effort, with divers locating a body matching her description in a large retention pond near Executive Way and Lakeview Parkway on Tuesday at around 12:30 p.m. A day prior, her gray Nissan Rogue had been pulled out from the same pond.

Following the recovery, the coroner’s office conducted an autopsy, conclusively identifying the remains as those of Brissa Romero. The last communication she had with her family was on December 4th, when she was en route to a holiday work party at a bowling alley in Vernon Hills.

Authorities believe that Romero was inside her vehicle when it veered off the road and plunged into the pond, based on the condition of the SUV. The vehicle traveled approximately 60 feet into the water near a T-shaped intersection. Vernon Hills Police Chief Patrick Kreis, in a joint news conference with Carpentersville police, stated, “From our preliminary review of the incident, it appears that this is a case where an unfamiliar driver failed to navigate a turn and ended up in the pond.”

The investigation into the circumstances surrounding the incident is ongoing, with Vernon Hills police, Carpentersville police, the Major Crash Assistance Team of Lake County, and the coroner’s office working collaboratively to gather more information.

The tragic loss of Brissa Romero has left the community mourning the young girl’s untimely death. The heartfelt condolences and support pour in for Romero’s grieving family and friends during this difficult time.

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