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Mysterious death of Milwaukee woman at Illinois border devastates family

Posted at 10:25 PM, Nov 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-07 02:52:26-05

The family of a Milwaukee woman wants answers as to how their daughter was found dead at a truck stop just over the Illinois-Wisconsin border. 

Nakiela Thompson, 27, was found dead on Nov. 1st at a Road Ranger Gas Station. It is located in South Beloit, Illinois near Rockford.

According to investigators, a trucker found Thompson lying under the trailer of his rig.  Her mother is heartbroken. 

"Its just so hard. I just can't believe that my baby is gone," said Marilyn Powell through tears.

Thompson had no shoes or socks on. Her family said she was found also without a wallet or a phone.  

"She went nowhere without her phone. I mean she slept with that phone, she ate with that phone, she did everything with that phone," said her father Robert Thompson.

Her dad said when he identified her body there were bruises on her. But the Winnebago County Coroner Bill Hintz could only say the death is suspicious. Her dad is not even sure how she ended up in South Beloit. He knew she had friends in Janesville but that is still 45 minutes away.

"She was staying with some friends down there and all of a sudden those friends disappeared, don't nobody know nothing now," said Robert Thompson.

Her family thinks someone left Thompson under that truck and they want to know why.

"I want justice for her, for whoever did this to her. Or if you have any information, please come forward because she didn't deserve this," said Powell.

The coroner said it could take up to 6 weeks to have a cause of death for Thompson.

Her family set up a donation page for her funeral expenses.