Body found in woods in St. Clair County
A man who was cutting wood near the Dupo Levee found a body about 1:30 p.m. Saturday just off Illinois 3 and south of Cahokia, the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department said.
A positive identification had not been made as of Saturday night, said Capt. Bruce Fleshren, chief of investigations for the sheriff’s department.
An autopsy will be conducted in the coming week, and forensic evidence will be reviewed to try to determine a possible cause of death and make an identification, he said.
Based on the clothing, Fleshren said it is probable that the remains are of a male. Also, the person’s age and race could not be determined as of Saturday, Fleshren said.
“At this time I cannot speculate if this is a natural death or if foul play is involved,” Fleshren said in a news release. “The remains are badly decomposed and have been at this location for some time.”
Investigators are checking a missing person’s report that was filed in January 2016, but they do not know yet if this is related to the body found Saturday, Fleshren said.
The area is heavily wooded.
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