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Coroner: Man found in burned Glen Carbon home was shot in head

Body recovered from Silver Lake in Highland

A body was recovered from Silver Lake in Highland IL in Southern Illinois near St. Louis MO about six hours after a Glen Carbon IL mother of seven's SUV went into the lake nearby. An infant was rescued from the SUV and revived. The death was conne
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A body was recovered from Silver Lake in Highland IL in Southern Illinois near St. Louis MO about six hours after a Glen Carbon IL mother of seven's SUV went into the lake nearby. An infant was rescued from the SUV and revived. The death was conne

Justin Campbell, whose body was found Thursday morning in his burned home, died of a gunshot, according to Madison County Coroner Steve Nonn.

The body of Campbell, 37, was found Thursday morning after a fire at the home he shared with his wife and seven children at 15 Dogwood Lane in Glen Carbon.

Justin Campbell died of a gunshot to the head, according to a press release from Nonn’s office.

No bullet was found at the scene or during an autopsy, according to Nonn’s office.

Justin Campbell’s wife, Cristy Campbell, 32, died on Thursday after driving a vehicle into Silver Lake in Highland.

“Ballistics comparison with the weapon recovered from Cristy Campbell’s submerged vehicle at Silver Lake will not be possible,” a news release from Nonn’s office stated.

Cristy Campbell died of environmental exposure and drowning, according to preliminary findings of the coroner’s office. She was pronounced dead at 12:16 p.m. Thursday by coroner’s investigator Shane P. Liley.

Justin Campbell was pronounced dead at the fire scene at 7:54 a.m. Thursday by Madison County Coroner Investigator Sakina T. Hall.

Routine toxicology testing for alcohol and drugs will be conducted later, according to the release.

Funeral arrangements for both Justin and Cristy Campbell were pending.

They are survived by seven children. Six of the children escaped the house fire on Thursday morning. The seventh — a 3-month-old baby — was pulled from the vehicle that went into Silver Lake by Highland paramedic Todd Zobrist. Zobrist performed CPR on the baby before the infant was taken to a St. Louis hospital. The baby was expected to be released from the hospital on Friday.

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