Body found in Thatcher Woods, man charged with murder

By Anthony Garcia

October 16, 2013

A 19-year-old Humboldt Park neighborhood man was held without bail on Oct. 12 after being charged with killing the mother of his child and hiding her body in a plastic container in Thatcher Woods near Dominican University.

Justino Correa, 19, of Chicago was charged with first-degree murder and attempting to conceal a homicide for allegedly stabbing 20-year-old expectant mother Jasmin Salas and then dumping her body in the heavily wooded area in River Forest. Salas was four months pregnant when she died, according to authorities.

In the early morning hours of Thursday, Correa stabbed Salas multiple times during an argument in the basement of his home. When she was dead, he put a bag over her head, went upstairs and watched television with his daughter, police said.
After Correa took his daughter to school, he returned home, put Salas’ body in a garbage bag and placed the bag in a plastic box, prosecutors said. He then dropped off the bag in the forest preserve.

Correa was arrested at Norwegian-American Hospital Thursday at 7:55 p.m. after police officers responded to a battery report at the hospital. Police said they spoke with Correa, who told them he’d suffered a cut to his right hand during a domestic fight with the mother of his child.
Correa told officers that during the fight, he killed Salas, placed her in a box and put her in the forest preserve, the report said.

The remains had been found at 8100 Chicago Ave. in River Forest Thursday night, around 10 p.m., according to the medical examiner’s office.
Karen Vaughan, the director of communications for the Cook County forest preserves, said that remains had been found at Thatcher Woods and that forest preserve police were on the scene Thursday night. She did not have a specific time for when the remains were found or a specific location within the forest preserve. She also said that Chicago police are handling the investigation.

According to the, Lazaro Salas, Jasmin Salas’ 30-year-old brother, said his sister had ended an “abusive relationship” with Correa two years ago. She had been taking classes to become a social worker as a result.
“She promised herself she would help out other people in abusive relationships,” said Lazaro Salas. “She loved her daughter dearly. She was loved by her nieces and nephews. It’s upsetting knowing they’re going to grow up without [her].”