ST. FRANCIS, Wis. (WTMJ) — Emily Rogers, the 23-year-old woman last seen on April 26 in Milwaukee, was found dead in St. Francis Thursday afternoon, according to the Milwaukee Police Department.
Multiple suspects are in custody related to the investigation, which remains open and ongoing, police say.
The Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office says an autopsy will be performed Friday.
Milwaukee police said in a statement Tuesday that there was reasonable suspicion to believe her disappearance was not voluntary and she could be the victim of foul play.
“Of course we are saddened and heartbroken about our daughter, but on the other hand, we are just as happy that she was located and we’ll be able to bring her home,” Emily’s father, Terry Rogers, said on Thursday. “We’ll have some closure that way.”
“I want to take this time to thank Milwaukee PD for everything they have done and everything they continue to do,” he continued. “I want to thank all the volunteers and the community that has stepped forward and the countless hours they spent every night.”
“She was a loving mother, she was a loving daughter, she always looked for the positive in life,” said Terry Rogers.
On Wednesday, WTMJ learned Rogers recently started working at Saz’s catering. Management says she’s been with them for about a month and half.
Rogers’ mother Amy said her daughter moved to Milwaukee nearly seven months ago to work things out with her daughter’s father. Rogers was a mother to a 15-month-old baby, Katie.
Amy says through social media pinging, police found Katie and her father at his mother’s home. He was taken into custody Sunday night. Police records show he was arrested for a parole violation.
Rogers’ mother drove 15 hours from Texas to Milwaukee earlier this week.
“It’s hard,” Amy Rogers said then. “It’s still very hard. It was a long drive. It was a long, quiet drive.”
Amy says her daughter called her every day before she went missing.
“Emily would never, ever leave Katie, ever,” Amy said.
“I’m not leaving this state without my daughter and my granddaughter,” Amy said. “You can bank on that. I’m not leaving without them.”
Along with the family, locals also canvassed the area and found some success. One person found Rogers’ phone.
“We were just walking past, knocking on doors, looking through bushes, and we looked (and) her phone was right there,” Dashod Crutchfield said.
Police ask anyone with any information regarding Rogers to contact Milwaukee Police at (414) 935-7360 or to remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at (414) 224-Tips or P3 Tips App.
This story was originally published May 5 by WTMJ in Milwaukee, an E.W. Scripps Company.