Oak Park resident Richard Chavez, 24, was charged with first-degree murder following the strangulation of a 20-year-old nursing student, whose body was found in Chicago’s Austin neighborhood.

Law enforcement apprehended Chavez on Friday in the 2600 block of South California Boulevard. It was announced Saturday that Chavez had been identified as the offender who caused the murder of Charisma Ehresman, of Forest View. Before her death, Ehresman had been studying to become a nurse at Triton College.

Ehresman was reported missing Jan. 23 and found days later unresponsive in the backseat of her car in the 5900 block of West Iowa Street. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office determined strangulation and smothering as the cause of her death.

An investigation by the Chicago Police Department revealed Ehresman went into Chavez’s residence, where the homicide took place, on the same day she was reported missing. The two had reportedly met online. Chavez then moved her body into her car on Jan. 24 then drove the vehicle to Austin and abandoned it, according to the Oak Park Police Department. The vehicle was discovered four days later.

Chavez is currently in custody in the Cook County Jail. He is being held without bail.

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