Prosecutors downstate have filed murder charges against the daughter-in-law of a 70-year-old Crest Hill woman whose body was found in a shallow grave in a state park in Will County on Tuesday.
Bloomington resident Misook Wang, 45, faces three counts of murder and one count of concealment of a homicidal death in the slaying of Wenlan Linda Tyda, a Chinese interpreter who disappeared Sept. 4 after leaving her Crest Hill home for Bloomington to pick up a client to bring to Chicago, prosecutors in McLean County said in a press release.
Police said Wang confessed to killing Tyda and burying her body in a shallow grave in the Des Plaines Fish and Wildlife area in Will County, a release from the McLean County state’s attorney's office said.
An autopsy completed Tuesday in Will County showed Tyda had been strangled, but positive identification was still pending because of “significant decomposition,” the coroner’s office said.
Tyda’s husband reported her missing Sept. 4 after she did not return from a translating assignment that required her to pick up a client in Bloomington and drive to Chinatown. But the client was really a Chinese-speaking restaurant hostess whom Wang had paid to call Tyda and pose as a student who needed a ride to a Chinese school in Chicago, prosecutors said.
When Tyda arrived to pick up her client in a grocery store parking lot early Sept. 4, she was confronted by Wang, officials said.
Wang told police initially that Tyda had left after the argument in the parking lot, but after police told Wang they had found Tyda’s clothing in a trash container at Wang’s home, she admitted that Tyda had followed her to Wang’s business. Wang claimed the 70-year-old attacked her and tried to kill her, but Wang said she wound up on top of her mother-in-law and choked her with both hands for 5 to 10 minutes.
She then dragged the older woman inside the business and left her gasping on the floor, officials said. As Tyda slowly died, Wang said she lay on an office couch, exhausted from the struggle. She told investigators she then hid Tyda’s body at the business and drove Tyda’s car to Chicago, and abandoned it at a Chicago airport before taking a bus back to Bloomington.
On Sept. 6, Wang stuffed Tyda’s body into a storage container and drove with it to the Des Plaines Fish and Wildlife Area in Will County, just outside Wilmington, officials said. She buried Tyda in a wooded area near New River Road, and agreed to take investigators to find the body.