Police search Glen Carbon home where woman's body was found

News-DemocratJanuary 14, 2014 

Illinois State Police and Glen Carbon police searched property Tuesday where an elderly woman was found dead. Glen Carbon Police Chief John Lakin said the investigation is not related to the woman's death.

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— Police on Tuesday searched the property where a woman was found dead on her driveway for evidence of a unspecified criminal activity not related to her death.

Mary Kampwerth, 83, was found Saturday on the driveway of her home at 4509 Illinois 159 by a Glen Carbon police officer.

Police Chief John Lakin said the current investigation is unrelated to Kampwerth's death.

"Information we've received over the past couple of days indicated there may have been some possible criminal activity on this property," Lakin said.

Lakin declined to say what kind of criminal activity was taking place or for what the search teams were looking.

But he did say Kampwerth did not live alone. "We know she had family that lived with her," he said.

However, Lakin reiterated that Kampwerth's death is not considered suspicious and she is not suspected of having participated in criminal activity herself.

Kampwerth was found fully clothed and in a frozen state on her driveway, which is shielded by trees and foliage just north of the Interstate 270 interchange. While the Madison County Coroner's office could not say how long she had been in the driveway, she may have been outside as early as Jan. 7.

There were no signs of trauma, but the autopsy was inconclusive, according to the coroner's statement.

Lakin said it is "early in the investigation," and that further details may be released on Wednesday.

Contact reporter Elizabeth Donald at edonald@bnd.com or 618-239-2507.

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