Officials Identify 24-Year-Old Woman Who Drowned in Canal
Andia Ymeraj, a Skokie resident, died after officials say she jumped into the canal at Main Street and McCormick Boulevard Saturday morning. She was briefly reported missing two years earlier.
Officials have released the name of the 24-year-old Skokie woman who died after they said she jumped into the canal at Main Street and McCormick Boulevard Saturday morning.
The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office identified her as Andia Ymeraj, of Skokie.
Both Evanston and Skokie firefighters responded to the canal around 10 a.m. Saturday, after someone called 9-11 to report that a woman had jumped into the water.
After an eyewitness helped emergency workers determine exactly where she went underwater, Ymeraj was transported to St. Francis Hospital. She was pronounced dead several hours later, on Saturday evening. Police say they do not suspect foul play in the incident.
In July 2010, Andia Ymeraj was reported missing from Loyola University, according to NBC Chicago. Police were concerned because she left her purse, books and cell phone behind in a classroom, NBC Chicago reported. Ymeraj was found safe two days later, and her father told ABC 7 News that she was doing fine.
According to her profile on LinkedIn, Ymeraj attended Loyola University and Roosevelt University, where she obtained a bachelor’s degree in biology. She most recently worked as an intern in the herbarium at The Field Museum.