She had only worked a handful of shifts there before going missing earlier this week, friends and family said.
The body of Kaitlyn Kearns, as well as her 1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee, were found in a rural area of Kankakee County, according to Will County Sheriff's officials. She had been shot once in the head.
Police said Kearns "was the intended target of this homicide", adding that authorities don't believe there is any threat to the public.
A 24-year-old woman has been reported missing after she was last seen leaving her job tending a bar Monday in southwest suburban Joliet. Further toxicology and lab results are pending.
Police said Kearns was reported missing Tuesday. She last was seen at 1:30 a.m. Monday at Woody's Bar, 1008 E. Washington St., Joliet, where she was a bartender.
A homicide investigation into her death is ongoing.
Authorities say more information will be released as it becomes available.
On Wednesday, police met with Will County Sheriff's Office Detectives and the case was handed over to the Will County Sheriff's Office to investigate. She was pronounced dead at 5:55 a.m. today. "Kaitlyn is described as a 24 year old, White, Female that is 4'11", weighing approximately 100 pounds. She was last seen wearing a pink White Sox hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans.
Anyone with information pertaining to disappearance of Kaitlyn Kearns is asked to contact the Will County Sheriff's Office.