Woman found strangled in Schaumburg apartment
Schaumburg police are investigating the strangulation of a 33-year-old woman whose body was discovered in her Clipper Drive apartment Sunday after a request for a well-being check.
Tiffany Thrasher is believed to have died sometime between 8 p.m. Saturday and 11:45 a.m. Sunday, police said.
Nobody was in custody and no motive had been established Monday, according to investigators.
The Cook County medical examiner's office conducted an autopsy Monday morning and classified the death as a homicide by strangulation.
Friends of Thrasher were waiting outside her apartment when police officers arrived and entered the apartment for the requested well-being check.
Neighbors say they're feeling unnerved by the homicide and what feels like very little information being released by police investigating the death.
Karen Cameron, who is retired and staying with a friend in a condo adjacent to Thrasher's apartment, said there's been constant activity in the area -- made up of primarily multifamily housing -- since the discovery Sunday.
On Monday, fire trucks lifted officials onto the roof of the apartment building and public works department workers removed all the manhole covers as investigators continued to comb the grass and other areas in and around Thrasher's apartment, Cameron said.
Cameron spoke to Thrasher's upstairs neighbor, who has been displaced from her apartment in Thrasher's four-unit building while police continue to investigate. That neighbor told Cameron she was home Saturday evening and heard nothing unusual.
"Why aren't they telling us that we're safe? Can't someone tell us? There's a lot of single women here, and it's kind of scary," Cameron said. "If you didn't find the person or don't think it's somebody she knows, then send out a notice. We all need to be aware."
Detectives are interviewing family, friends and associates to develop leads in the case, police said. Investigators are asking anyone with possible information related to the crime to call them at (847) 882-3534.