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Body found in field near Collinsville catsup-bottle tower

Collinsville police have released the identity of a man whose body was found in a field in Collinsville Wednesday morning.

The body of Zachary S. Schellenberg, 27, was found near Illinois 159, near the famous catsup-bottle-shaped water tower.

Police, who received the call at 9:50 a.m., said the cause of death wasn’t immediately known.

An autopsy performed by Madison County Coroner Steve Nonn on Wednesday afternoon “did not reveal any evidence of trauma to his body,” according to a press release from Collinsville police. “Because of this, the autopsy results are inconclusive pending toxicology results,” though investigators do not suspect foul play.

A number of police and other emergency responders were at the scene. Police put up crime-scene tape surrounding the lot where the body was found. The tape was still up at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday and at least two Collinsville police SUVs remained.

Employees inside an Exxon gas station located next to the open field said they had not known that a body had been found until several police vehicles showed up Wednesday morning.

Collinsville Police asked Illinois State Police crime-scene analysts to assist in the investigation.

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