The Major Case Squad of Greater St. Louis was activated Friday morning after a woman found a body near Interstate 255 and Doris Avenue in Cahokia.
A deputy said the body belonged to a man in his early 20s.
A Cahokia School District employee told the News-Democrat the woman was walking when she found the man’s body.
The body appeared to be near an overpass on Doris Avenue about 50 feet from Interstate 255.
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The Major Case Squad was expected to hold a press conference later Friday to release more information.
Doris Avenue is in a neighborhood of tidy homes interspersed with vacant lots and burned structures. The body was behind a burned-out home at the corner of Doris Avenue and Carol Road.
The body is the fourth found in Cahokia in 2017.
▪ A man apparently killed himself Nov. 21 in a vacant lot behind the Walmart on Camp Jackson Road. His identity was not released.
▪ Diondre Shanklin, of Cahokia, was found dead on St. Ambrose Drive in July. Christopher Nettles was arrested and charged in the death of Shanklin.
▪ The body of Christopher Stasiak, 44, of Dupo, was found in February. Stasiak had gone missing a year earlier while on a hunting trip, and no foul play is suspected.
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