TWO MEN CHARGED IN FOREST PRESERVE DOUBLE HOMICIDE
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
—Two Chicago men are each facing two counts of first degree murder for the deaths of two women whose bodies were found in a burning vehicle, Cook County Sheriff Thomas J. Dart announced today.
Robert Danno, 50, and Jose Fernardo Martinez-Hernandez, 24, are scheduled to appear in bond court tomorrow (Tuesday).
The bodies of Mary Ann Urban-Danno, Robert Danno’s wife, and Theresa Urban, Robert Danno’s mother-in-law were found inside a Chrysler PT Cruiser in the Cap Sauers Holdings Nature Preserve in unincorporated Palos Park. The women were 51-years-old and 79-years-old, respectively.
A passerby reported the vehicle fire at approximately 11:45 p.m. Saturday. The bodies were found after the fire was extinguished. A post mortem examination found that the women had both been strangled.
According to a Sheriff’s Police investigation, the women were killed Saturday in the 5600 block of South Neenah Avenue in Chicago. Danno and Martinez-Hernandez then put the bodies in the PT Cruiser that belonged to Urban-Danno. The vehicle was left in the preserve and set on fire.
Sheriff Dart reminds the public that the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty by the government in a court of law.