Before her body was found in the trunk of her Lexus sedan on Chicago?s West Side late Monday, Sureel Dabawala, 34, had gone to work out at a gym not far from the Schaumburg home she shared with her parents.

She never came home and wasn?t seen alive again by loved ones, her older sister said Tuesday morning.

Sureel Dabawala, 34, was found dead in the trunk of her car on Chicago's West Side on Jan. 13, 2020, authorities said. (Schaumburg Police Department)
Isheeta Dabawala, Dabawala?s only sibling, said her sister wasn?t just outgoing and bubbly but a highly educated woman who worked for her parents? medical practice.

?This is someone who had her MBA from Loyola (University Chicago). I feel like it?s important for people to know that something like this could happen to anybody, not just people living in a dangerous neighborhood or anything like that,? Isheeta Dabawala said in a phone interview. ?It could happen to anyone?s sister, mom, kid. She was a very smart girl, a very lively person. It?s just devastating.?

Sureel Dabawala had been listed as an endangered missing person after failing to return to her family home Dec. 30, according to an alert issued by the Schaumburg Police Department. She was considered endangered because of ?a medical condition,? according to the alert.

Around 8:30 p.m. Monday, Chicago police officers were called to the 200 block of North Kilpatrick Avenue in West Garfield Park after private investigators hired by the missing woman?s family located her white 2011 Lexus sedan parked there, according to Chicago police spokeswoman Kellie Bartoli.

The private investigators phoned Dabawala?s father, who had hired them, as well as Chicago police, police sources said. Dabawala?s father arrived with the keys to the car and opened the trunk, where his daughter was found wrapped in a blanket. She was pronounced dead a few hours later.

The medical examiner?s office released Dabawala?s identification Tuesday morning, and an autopsy was expected later in the day.

Dabawala said her family was not yet sure what happened to her sister and they were awaiting updates from police and information from the autopsy before speculating about Sureel?s final moments.
Chicago police were expected to review surveillance cameras in the immediate area.
Authorities from Schaumburg did not immediately respond to a request for comment Tuesday morning.