May 23, 2011
It has, unfortunately, been confirmed that the female body found in blue Ford Focus pulled Saturday from the North Branch of the Chicago River was indeed Irma Sabanovic, who modeled under the name Ira Blackbird.
My thoughts are with her family and friends during their time of loss, and I’d like to express my deepest condolences. I’m sure I speak for many when I say I was hoping for a different outcome–one in which she was found alive and well, after a misunderstanding of sorts. I hope you all find peace soon.
May 18, 2011
Please help find Irma Sabonovic (a.k.a. Ira Blackbird)!
Police are looking for Irma Sabanovic, a 25-year-old Rogers Park woman who modeled under the name Ira Blackbird. She was last heard from after getting lost May 12 while heading to Exit, a Near West Side nightclub.
Irma Sabanovic left her home in the 1900 block of West Hood Avenue on May 12, with the intention of going to the Exit nightclub near Elston and North, according to a missing persons alert from Belmont Area Special Victims Unit.
At 2:00AM, she texted a friend that she was lost near Milwaukee and Erie. That was the last communication from Sabanovic.
She was driving a blue four-door Ford Focus with Illinois plate A465569.
Sabanovic is 5-foot-10 and 120 pounds with brown eyes and brown hair. She is white with a medium complexion, and has a tattoo that says “Minge” on her right forearm and a tattoo of a star on her back.
Anyone with any information about Irma or her blue Ford Focus should call detectives at (312) 744-8266.
A search party is gathering to look for Irma on Saturday, May 21 at 12 Noon. They are meeting at Warren Park, located at 6601 N. Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60645.
If you are interested in helping with the search party, please RSVP to this Facebook event to stay in the loop.
More information and photos of Irma:
It is doubtful that Irma’s disappearance has to do with the fact that she is a model, and I have never met her. I am simply helping spread the word. I will update this post as more information (if any) becomes available.