A Wisconsin woman found dead in the trunk of a car near the Greyhound station in the South Loop suffered trauma to her neck, and her death has been classified a homicide, officials said.
Erin Ziemendorf, 30 of West Allis, died of blunt neck trauma caused by an assault, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office.
Police found Ziemendorf's body around 6:25 p.m. Sunday at 630 W. Harrison Street after her boyfriend contacted police in Kenosha and said he had killed his girlfriend, police sources said.
Officers tracked down the car, based on information provided by the boyfriend, but didn't see anyone in it, the sources said. They opened the trunk and found the woman in the fetal position and in a duffel bag, the sources said.
Officers spent hours Sunday evening at a parking lot across West Congress Parkway from the bus station, surrounding a silver Pontiac with Wisconsin license plates.
Police believe the woman died in Kenosha and was driven to Chicago. The man, 40, of Kenosha, was being questioned by police.
The Rev. Ari Mattson, pastor of the Martin Luther Lutheran Church in Milwaukee, said Ziemendorf leaves behind a young son and had been an active member of his church her entire life. Her family has been active in the church for decades, he said.
Today, he emailed his 350-member congregation to let them know about her death.
"I remember her as a devoted mother and a kind person who was always smiling," Mattson said. "Erin was a member of our congregation her entire life and was very devoted."
The woman's family declined to comment when reached today.