Two men charged after body of Laneesha Miller found in Little Calumet River on Far South Side

Two men have been charged in connection with the murder of 28-year-old Laneesha Miller, whose body was found Thursday in the Little Calumet River after she was reported missing in June from the Washington Heights neighborhood.

Laneesha Miller | Chicago Police

Laneesha Miller | Chicago Police

Authorities found the Miller’s body about 5 p.m. in the river near the Bishop Ford Freeway at 135th Street, according to Chicago Police. The Cook County medical examiner’s office confirmed someone was found dead there, but a spokesman said the person had not been officially identified as of Friday morning.

Paul Meyers, 33, of the 2700 block of West 84th Place, has been charged with one count of first-degree murder, according to Chicago Police. Arronis Jackson, 44, of the 2600 block of West 87th Street, faces one count of concealment of a homicidal death, police said.

A friend last saw Miller on June 16 in the 9600 block of South Halsted, according to a June 27 missing person alert from Chicago Police. On June 21, she called her father and told him she would be driving to Georgia the next day, but family members there say she never arrived.

Paul Meyers | Chicago Police

Paul Meyers | Chicago Police

Arronis Jackson | Chicago Police

Arronis Jackson | Chicago Police

Investigators drained the Marquette Park Lagoon in a search for her body, but found nothing.

Unconfirmed media reports say at least one of the suspects confessed to beating and stabbing Miller, then cutting up her body and dumping it in a trash bag in the river.

Meyers and Jackson were scheduled for bond hearings Friday, police said.

—Chicago Sun-Times Wire

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