Brissa Romero Body Found – Police Suspect No Foul Play

Police have found the body of Brissa Romero, the 17-year-old teenager who went missing last week in Carpentersville.

Authorities recovered a body from a retention pond in Vernon Hills which they believe to be of Miss Romero.

This development comes after her car was pulled out of the pond Monday without a body.

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Police said the female body matches Romero’s description, though authorities said “formal identification of the remains is pending confirmation” from the Lake County Coroner’s office.

Per a statement from police, Brianna Romero reportedly failed to successfully navigate a T-intersection whilst driving which plunged her into the pond.

Police suspect no foul play but investigations continue into the incident.

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A joint statement from Vernon Hills and Carpentersville PD on Brissa Romero body found read…

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“A body was recovered early this afternoon in the continued search for Brissa Romero, the Carpentersville teen who went missing on her way to a holiday party in Vernon Hills on December 4, 2023. 

“Investigators began focusing yesterday on the area of a retention pond near Lakeview Parkway and Executive Way in Vernon Hills after new analysis of cell phone data established it as the last known location of Brissa’s phone,” the statement began. 

It continued: “…Brissa’s missing 2008 Nissan Rogue was recovered from the pond late yesterday.

“Sonar and Dive teams composed of members from various Lake County fire departments participated in the recovery efforts.

“Preliminary investigation suggests the car was accidentally driven into the pond after the driver failed to navigate the T-intersection. 

“Video from a nearby fast food restaurant taken shortly before the phone’s last communication with area cell towers suggests Brissa was driving at the time, and there is currently no indication of foul play.

“While formal identification of the remains is pending confirmation by the Lake County Coroner’s Office, the deceased female recovered from the pond matches Brissa’s description. 

“No further leads relating to Brissa’s whereabouts are being pursued at this time. 

“The investigation into the crash and its circumstances continues, and police are being assisted by members of the Lake County Major Crash Assistance Team,”

Harper College, where Brissa Romero was studying, also released a statement.

“Dear Harper College community,

“It is with deep sorrow that I share authorities have recovered a body believed to be Harper student Brissa Romero. Vernon Hills and Carpentersville police announced this afternoon that while formal identification is pending, they are no longer pursuing further leads related to Brissa’s whereabouts.

“Our hearts go out to Brissa’s family and loved ones as they cope with this devastating news. Brissa by all accounts had an incredibly bright future, including aspirations to become a sonographer. Words simply aren’t adequate to describe the pain of a life cut short.

“Please remember there’s support if you need it. We have a variety of readily available resources including Counseling Services, online tools Welltrack Boost and Togetherall, and other on- and off-campus resources listed on Harper’s wellness page:,”

Meanwhile, Brissa Romero’s sister reportedly started a Gofundme to raise money to help cover their expenses.

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