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Missing Albany Park Woman Found Dead of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

By Josh McGhee | June 27, 2014 9:34am | Updated on June 27, 2014 3:31pm
 Nicolette Medina, 25, of Albany Park, was found dead Thursday, authorities said.
Nicolette Medina, 25, of Albany Park, was found dead Thursday, authorities said.
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CHICAGO — A 25-year-old Albany Park woman who had been missing since Monday was found dead Thursday in an East Garfield Park garage.

Nicolette Medina, of the 3700 block of West Lawrence Avenue was found by police in a garage in the 3800 block of West Gladys Avenue, police said. An autopsy determined she and Marco Acevedo, 31, both died of carbon monoxide poisoning after inhaling automobile exhaust. The autopsy called their deaths accidental.

She was pronounced dead at the scene at 4 p.m. along with Acevedo of the 2400 block of West Haden Street in Garfield Park, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office.

Officer Janel Sedevic, a police spokeswoman, said Medina and Acevedo showed no signs of trauma, and police are treating the case as a death investigation.

An autopsy was scheduled for later Friday.

"It's just a lot to take in," Medina's roommate, Yesenia Galarzam, said Friday morning.

Medina had not been seen since telling Galarzam she was going out but would be returning home. Family became worried about her when she didn't call for several days, an activity she usually did daily.

"She was just with us drinking and chilling then said she would be back in 20 minutes," Galarzam said. "She was a very talkative, beautiful person. I didn't see her having very many enemies."

Galarzam said she did not know Acevedo and didn't think Medina did either.

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