Missing woman’s body found in ‘condemned garage’ on the South Side

CHICAGO -- Chicago police investigators are beginning to unravel the mystery of how a woman missing for five days ended up dead and stuffed in a garbage bag in a South Side garage.

The mystery begins on July 13 when 21-year-old Kensuan Ward was shot multiple times and killed in Marquette Park. No one was arrested. Ward was the boyfriend of 20-year-old Shante Bohanan. Eleven days later she went missing.

Bohanan’s worried parents went to the police and the department put out a missing person alert. She was last seen entering a home in the Chicago Lawn neighborhood.

“When you don’t know where your child is, and everything is going through your mind," said Bohanan's mother, Tammy Pittman.

Then Wednesday afternoon Chicago police were checking out a tip that there was a dead body in the 500 block of East 92nd street. There, they  found a person stuffed in a garbage bag inside of a garage.

“Who would want to be in a garbage can in a condemned garage or wherever they found her – who want to die like that?” Pittman asked.

This morning that body was identified by the Cook County Medical Examiner as 20-year-old Shante Bohanan. Police detectives from Area South say they’re conducting a death investigation. An autopsy is scheduled for today to determine the cause and manner of her death.

“Chicago, we have to stop this code of silence. We have to really understand that our kids are our future. They are our hope and to have the unspeakable happen to them and people be silent about it is unacceptable,” said Bohanan’s godmother, Pam McCullough.