The Cook County Sheriff’s Office releases a never-before-seen video to CBS 2 investigators in hopes that viewers can help solve the murder of Chris Urbina
CHICAGO (CBS) – The video shows how a victim is led to their death. A father in a playground who desperately dials 911. The unmistakable getaway car.
The Cook County Sheriff’s office has released this never-before-seen surveillance video of a murder on CBS 2 investigators in the hope that you, our viewers, can help resolve this case.
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An unexpected crime scene
It was a warm August day – children scurried across the playground, a family looked for shade under a pavilion, people picnicked all over the park.
Typical summer festivals took place until two men walked down a wooded path just 100 yards from where these children and families were romping about.
Shortly after the two entered the forest, one of the men was heard calling for help.
But before park goers or the authorities could intervene, Chris Urbina, 52, was brutally stabbed to death in a Fullerton Forest Preserve.
The murder was so callously executed that even Cook County’s best detectives were stunned.
“I’ve seen a lot of different murders in my life,” said Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart. “That was particularly severe.”
“It was shocking,” said Cook County Detective Ginny Georgantas.
“An unbelievable person”
Urbina’s unexpected death shook the lives of his family and friends.
“He was an incredible person. He always smiled, ”said Bob Staley, Urbina’s friend for 30 years. “He always wanted to make sure you were having a good time.”
“He was the guy who gave you the shirt off his back,” said Keven Pipkens, another lifelong friend of Urbina.
Urbina was also an employee at Ford, a Cubs fan, and most of all, he loved his elderly mother.
“They were best friends,” said Staley.
On August 8, 2020, Mr Urbina was the last person to prepare breakfast for his mom. Then, without telling her where he was going, he drove away in a car with an unknown man who would later murder him.
Put the puzzle together
Detective Georgantas was hired to find Urbina’s killer.
She checked nearly 3,000 surveillance clips from nearby homes and businesses to track down the perpetrator.
The never-before-seen videos show Urbina and the suspect pulling up to the forest reserve, walking past the playground, and leading the suspect into the forest.
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Then, twelve minutes later, the suspect leaves the forest – alone.
“It’s very bold,” said Detective Georgantas. “Noon … people everywhere.”
What makes this gruesome murder even more daunting is the footage of the suspect leaving the forest reserve in no hurry and apparently without phases.
A disturbed 911 operator found that the suspect’s walk was “casual” and “slow”. And after sitting in his car for almost a minute, he finally drives off.
“This is a person who clearly has no qualms about violent behavior anytime, anywhere,” said Sheriff Dart.
Sheriff Dart has been working with detectives on this case for over a year. They hope that tracking down the distinctive getaway vehicle will help them identify a perpetrator.
They believe that the perpetrator’s car is a pine-green Grand Marquis. It has a noticeable dent in the rear passenger door, the emblem on the front grille is missing and there is no license plate.
Detectives searched and collected surveillance videos from nearby homes and businesses to track the suspect’s escape route for two miles.
After exiting the forest reserve on Ditka Drive, the suspect drove east on Grand Avenue, then made a U-turn and landed on Indian Boundary Road. He turns through a few alleys and comes back on Grand Avenue. The car will then turn south on Westbrook Drive and then east on Fullerton Avenue. The last footage the detectives were able to collect shows him turning south onto 77th Court in Elmwood Park.
The detectives couldn’t find another video of the car or it was taped – a twist that ultimately shut the case down.
“This is a dangerous person to be caught,” said Detective Georgantas. “We need the help of the population.”
The laid-back day killer now has the best of Cook County for you, for the “who”.
Detectives say that any piece of information, even if it may seem trivial, can be critical to solving this case.
the Cook County Crime Stoppers is offering up to $ 1,000 in rewards for clues that, in the event, lead to the arrest of the perpetrator. Those with information can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-535-STOP. You can also contact the Cook County Sheriff’s Police Detectives at 708-865-4896.
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