The discovery comes a day after locating Brissa’s car submerged in the same pond.
While the Lake County Coroner’s Office has not definitively identified the body, the police suggest that it closely matches Brissa’s description, and her phone last pinged near the pond on the day she disappeared.
Divers found the body in the pond near Lakeview and Executive Parkways around 1:15 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 12. Fourteen sonar techs using three boats were actively involved in the search.
Brissa, who was reported missing on Dec. 4, was believed to be en route to a bowling alley in Vernon Hills to attend a holiday party.
The search intensified after locating a backpack believed to be Brissa’s and culminated in finding her car submerged in the pond on Monday.
Police are operating on the belief that Brissa might have been unfamiliar with the area and, instead of making a turn at an intersection, accidentally drove into the pond.
Despite the discovery of the car, the search for Brissa continued into Tuesday morning when the body was found.
Brissa’s family, present during the search and recovery operation, was too distraught to comment on the tragic development. The investigation is ongoing, and the body will undergo further examination by the Lake County Coroner’s Office.