Officers conducted a well-being check after friends who were concered over her absence from church contacted police.
On Wednesday night, Schaumburg detectives traveled to Jacksonville to interrogate Mejia-Maya, who police said "made incriminating statements" during the interview, according to the Herald.
Mejia-Maya is charged with first degree murder, home invasion and aggravated criminal sexual assault.
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Neighbors expressed relief that a suspect has been arrested in the case, but they said the brutal crime has shattered a sense of security in the neighborhood.
U.S. Marshals on Wednesday evening in Jacksonville arrested a 29-year-old man in connection with the rape and strangulation of a woman outside Chicago.
An autopsy Monday found she died of strangulation and her death was ruled a homicide, the Cook County medical examiner's office said.
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Police believe Mejia-Maya allegedly entered Thrasher's ground-floor apartment through an unlocked window.
Mejia-Maya fled to Florida after the murder.
"The Schaumburg Police Department worked persistently to ensure the safety of its residents to solve this horrific crime", police said in a news release.
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There will be an extradition hearing for him in Jacksonville later today. A GoFundMe account has been set up to help Thrasher's family with funeral expenses. Police believe Thrasher was sexually assaulted before she was strangled. But the victim's family doesn't "want to leave our Tiffany waiting in an unknown place on this earth", King wrote on the fundraising page. She found her one true love in Jesus. The campaign has two more days remaining. "Tiffany was a loving, happy young lady whom had overcome so much in her life".