Woman: Body in car submerged in Otay Lakes is missing daughter

Posted at 9:15 PM, Aug 29, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-30 20:21:36-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - A woman told 10News her daughter, who was last seen Sunday, was one of two people found dead inside a car submerged in Otay Lakes.

At about 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, authorities received reports of a car upside down and submerged in the lake off Otay Lakes Road.

San Diego Lifeguards, fire crews and other law enforcement agencies worked to pull the vehicle from the water and discovered two bodies inside.

While authorities have not officially confirmed the identities of the two people, a woman said her daughter Milyn Elizabeth Chew (who also goes by Milyn Navarro) was one of the deceased. The other person found dead in the vehicle was not immediately identified.

Milyn's mother told 10News her daughter came home at about 2 a.m. Sunday after spending time at her boyfriend's house. However, she said her daughter left the family's house again a short time later with Elsharkawy, her co-worker. She said her daughter's car was still at the house at the time her daughter left.

The woman's mother said she warned her daughter to not go somewhere with someone she did not know well.

According to Chula Vista police, the pair's families described their disappearance as "unusual behavior."

On Wednesday, authorities confirmed the license plate of the BMW submerged in the lake matched the number on the Elsharkawy's car. Authorities said they believe the car had been in the lake for at least two days.

The victim's mother said a vigil will be held for Milyn at the lake at 7 p.m. Wednesday.