Workers on Friday found the body of a man believed to be in his early 40s in the area of 15th Street and Brady Avenue.
The man appears to have been shot, East St. Louis Police Chief Michael Hubbard said.
“His body was located by some heavy-equipment operators who were working in the area,” Hubbard said. “It appears that his death is the result of a gunshot wound he suffered.”
Hubbard said the coroner’s office was working to determine the official cause of death.
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St. Clair County Coroner Calvin Dye Sr. said the victim had a handgun in his left hand. He was pronounced dead at 9:35 a.m.
An autopsy will be conducted Saturday, Dye said.
The man’s identity was not released by police.
Hubbard said police had not yet determined where the man resided. He asked that anyone with information call East St. Louis Police or Illinois State Police, who are jointly working the investigation. Information can be called in to CrimeStoppers at 1-866-371-8477.