‘I Wouldn’t Wish This on Anybody:’ Family Searches For Answers After Woman Found Dead in Riverdale


A family in south suburban Riverdale gathered on Monday to search for answers in their loved one’s death, three days after her body was found.

A village inspector on a “routine inspection” found a body in an alley behind a building in the 14000 block of South Atlantic Avenue, according to a statement from Riverdale police. Family members said the body is that of Rachel Caltedge.

Investigators determined her body was “partially burned,” police said.

An autopsy found Caltedge died of strangulation, and her death was ruled a homicide, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office.

A person of interest was in custody on Monday, but had yet to be charged, according to community activist Andrew Holmes.

Rachel’s family members told NBC 5 they won’t be satisfied until charges are filed by prosecutors.

“We don’t know how to handle this situation,” said David Moore, Caltedge’s uncle. “I wouldn’t wish this on anybody.”

Moore said he wants everybody to know how Rachel’s death has affected their family.

“How do I have that conversation with a 6-year-old that his mother is never going to pick him up,?” Moore said. “Never again. It’s senseless.”

Jacqulyn Catledge, Rachel’s mother, said her daughter was a good-hearted person who loved her family and her son.

“She definitely didn’t deserve this,” Jacqulyn Catledge said.

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