August 20, 2014

Postal worker finds young man dead at East St. Louis home

A letter carrier found a young man lying dead late Wednesday morning in the front yard of a home at 837 N. 73rd St. in East St. Louis, police said.

James J. Hines, 22, was found before 11 a.m. Wednesday, East St. Louis Police Chief Michael Floore said. He had been shot, making him the city's 15th homicide victim this year.

Hines was face down and wearing only black pants, about 20 feet from the front door ofthe frame house and next to a late-model Mercedes Benz.

East St. Louis Assistant Police Chief Ronald Ike said a letter carrier discovered the body and called police.

About a dozen investigators from East St. Louis, the Illinois State Police and the state crime lab were at the scene. The coroner arrived about 12:15 p.m. Wednesday.

Five or six distraught people were kept a couple blocks from the house by police, including one man who told officers it was his brother and he wanted to get to the body. An older man identified the victim for police.

Anyone with information is asked to call East St. Louis Police at 618-482-6700, Illinois State Police at 618-346-3990 or the anonymous CrimeStoppers tip line at 866-371-8477. CrimeStoppers pays up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest.

Some information was provided by photographer Steve Nagy.

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