Herald News – Chicago Suntimes
By Brian Stanley [email protected] September 13, 2011 4:24PM
WILMINGTON TOWNSHIP — The body of a Crest Hill woman who had been missing for more than a week was found in a conservation area Tuesday morning. Bloomington police have arrested Misook Wang, 45, in connection with the slaying of Wenlan Tyda, 70.
Crest Hill Police Chief Dwayne Wilkerson said Tyda worked as a Chinese translator throughout the state, mostly for attorneys. “On Sept. 4, she got a call to pick up someone in Bloomington and take them to Chinatown in Chicago the next day, which her husband Larry said was not unusual,” Wilkerson said.
Tyda left for Bloomington around 3:30 a.m. the next morning in her silver Toyota Rav4 and told her husband she’d be home around noon. “After she was a few hours overdue, he tried to call her cell phone but got no answer. Around 8 p.m. he reported her as missing to police,” Wilkerson said. Tyda had relatives living Bloomington and detectives obtained cell phone records the next day to see if her phone was used there.
On Sept. 7, Crest Hill detectives contacted Bloomington police about Tyda’s disappearance.
“During our investigation, we learned Tyda and her daughter-in-law, Misook Wang, have been arguing recently over Wang’s pending divorce from Tyda’s son,” Wilkerson said.
When Bloomington police questioned Wang early Tuesday, she allegedly told them she’d killed Tyda and buried her body in the Des Plaines Fish and Wildlife Area state park.
Around 6 a.m. officers found a shallow grave near New River Road.
“The woman has been dead for several days, but the remains were tentatively identified as Tyda,” Will County Coroner Patrick K. O’Neil said.
An autopsy performed Tuesday afternoon showed she was strangled.
Wang was awaiting formal charges in the McLean County jail on Tuesday.