Metro-East News

IDOT worker discovers body on East St. Louis street

The corner of 11th Street at St. Clair Avenue was roped off Tuesday morning as police investigators worked to find out what led to the death of a 31-year-old Belleville man.

The victim was discovered by an Illinois Department of Transportation worker who had finished working nearby and drove through the area where the victim’s body was laying. He called East St. Louis police at 8:03 a.m. Tuesday.

East St. Louis Detective Carlos Coleman said the worker initially thought the victim was sleeping, but when he got closer, he saw blood.

“He backed away and called police,” Coleman said.

Illinois State Police investigators were at the scene with East St. Louis police officers looking for clues. The body was laying about 40 yards south of the stop sign on St. Clair Avenue at 11th Street.

“We are in the preliminary stages of our investigation,” Coleman said.

Police did not release the identity of the victim, pending notification of family members.

The scene was less than a block from the Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church on Pennsylvania Avenue and three blocks from Miles Davis School.

Anyone with information regarding the case can contact East St. Louis Police at 618-646-6700 or Illinois State Police at 618-346-3990