Police identify woman found dead behind Belleville business

News-DemocratJanuary 21, 2014 

— In less than 24 hours, officials have identified the body of a woman found dead Tuesday morning behind a business on West Main Street.

St. Clair County Deputy Coronor Dan Haskenhoff said Tuesday night officials already identified the woman's body but were not releasing her name pending notification of more family members.

The woman was 83 years old, Haskenhoff said.

Police launched the investigation into the death of a woman found about 10:30 a.m. Tuesday behind a business in the 1800 block of West Main Street, according to a news release from Detective Sgt. Mark W. Heffernan.

The Belleville Police Department asked for the public's help to identify the body.

She was described as a white or possibly Asian woman with gray hair, with a small frame, between 5-foot and 5-foot-3-inches tall. She was wearing a black pajama top with a red heart pattern, white pajama pants with a pink design, white tennis shoes, a thin gold band on her left ring finger, and stud earrings that were a blue stone surrounded in a circular pattern with diamond-like stones.

An autopsy was conducted Tuesday afternoon but police have not released the cause or manner of death.

When asked if the woman may have been homeless, Heffernan said the investigation was ongoing.

"We're not going to speculate at this point," he said. "We are trying to get her identified."

Police put out an automated phone call Tuesday to enlist the public's help in identifying the body.

Investigators are asking anyone with information related to the death or who may be able to identify the woman to call Belleville Police at 618-234-1212.

Contact reporter Maria Hasenstab at mhasenstab@bnd.com or 618-239-2460.

Contact reporter Maria Hasenstab at mhasenstab@bnd.com or 618-239-2460.

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