Metro-East News

Body found near I-64 in Washington Park is identified

The body of a male that was discovered by a passerby Monday morning in Washington Park has been identified as that of a 21-year-old Washington Park resident.

DeAndre M. Davidson was identified by police as the victim. He was found on Illinois 111 at Interstate 64. He died as a result of a gunshot wound, according to police.

Washington Park police received a report of a body found at 7:20 a.m. Police went to the location and found the lifeless body that was later identified as Davidson, Washington Park Police Chief Tony Tomlinson said.

Police have not established a motive for the murder and they are continuing to investigate Davidson’s death.

Illinois State Police Sgt. Matt Weller said multiple shots were fired in the area where the victim was found. Asked how Davidson ended up where he was found, Weller said police don’t know.

“We believe he was either walking or in a vehicle. We are not sure,” Weller said.

Shell casings were found near the body, but Weller declined to identify the caliber.

He said police need to hear from any motorist or pedestrian who may have heard gunshots between 11 p.m.-midnight Sunday.

“We would really like to hear from anyone who may have heard gunshots Sunday night between 11:00 p.m.-midnight. We believe there were motorists or pedestrians in the area because it is a busy area,” Weller said.

The lead agent on the case is Illinois State Police Special Agent Bryant Johnson. He can be reached at 346-3770.