Police turn up nothing in search of Glen Carbon home where woman was found dead

News-DemocratJanuary 15, 2014 

Glen Carbon Police Chief John Lakin discusses the ongoing investigation at 4509 Illinois 159 Wednesday in Glen Carbon.

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— Police Chief John Lakin announced Wednesday that nothing was found in an "extensive search" of a home and property where an 83-year-old woman was found dead in her driveway.

On Tuesday, police and village personnel cordoned off and searched the property at 4509 Illinois 159, which is the home where Mary Kampwerth was found dead on Saturday.

Kampwerth's death is not considered suspicious by police, according to Police Chief John Lakin. However, Lakin said a tip was received after Kampwerth's death alleging criminal activity unrelated to her death. Illinois State Police crime scene investigation unit and village workers used backhoes and other equipment to clear brush and search the land and partially drain the pond behind the house.

Lakin declined to say what kind of activity police suspected or what evidence they hoped to uncover at the property. "I am limited in what I can say because this is an active and ongoing investigation," he said. While Lakin said they did obtain a search warrant in Madison County, he said they were not looking for "anything specific."

Lakin confirmed that Kampwerth lived with her son, Steven Kampwerth. However, he said there is no connection between the current investigation and Mary Kampwerth's death.

The search did include cadaver dogs, Lakin said, but investigators have no indication that there was a body on the property or that a person was missing. "We use the dogs to make sure we didn't miss anything," Lakin said.

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

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