Indian-American woman found dead in the trunk of her car days after she went missing

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Indian-American woman, Sureel Dabawala who went missing on December 30 was found dead in the trunk of her own car on January 13.  The residents of the Indian American community in Schaumburg, a northwest suburb in Chicago have been left in deep shock after the incident. 

Sureel, a 34 year-old, young MBA from Loyola University in Chicago was reported missing by her family when she failed to return home on Dec 30. Despite the missing complaint, there was no clue of her whereabouts and after many days of frenetic search, she was found wrapped in a blanket inside the trunk of her white 2011 Lexus sedan car on Monday, January 13, after a fortnight. 

The family hired private investigators who found her car in Chicago’s West Garfield Park neighborhood and finally located the body. No arrests have been made in the case so far as the autopsy report is still awaited.

She was the daughter of Dr Asharaf Dabawala, a respected physician in the area, residing in Schaumburg, hailing from the Gujarat state in India. He and his wife, Dr. Mehta, live and work in the Schaumburg area and are long time Illinois residents. Sureel has a sister named Isheeta Dabawala.

In the days following Sureel’s disappearance, the Dabawala family had announced a $10,000 reward for anyone who could provide any information about the young woman, reported The American Bazaar. 

Friends and family were devastated by the death of the 34 year old woman. The cause of Sureel’s death still remains unknown, police said Wednesday as investigations and toxicology reports which would help authorities determine the cause may take up to a month.

According to her Twitter profile Sureel Dabawala was the President and CEO of Sterling Medical Equipment.

She is remembered as a sweet, lively girl by many who went to junior high with her.

As the family awaits answers to Sureel’s untimely death, the Indian American community is also reeling under the fear about women’s safety.


[Photo courtesy: Twitter]


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