Metro-East News

Skeletal remains found in basement of East St. Louis home

Police found skeletal remains believed to be human in the basement of an East St. Louis house.

East St. Louis Detective Ronald McClellan said police received a call at 10:23 a.m. Friday referencing the pursuit of a person of interest in an unrelated crime by Illinois State Police and the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department.

It was as police searched the basement of the vacant house at 622 St. Louis Avenue that the remains were discovered, McClellan said.

“They appeared to have been there for some time,” he said.

St. Clair County Coroner Calvin Dye, Sr. said the remains had been there for “several months,” though he couldn’t be more specific.

McClellan said of the remains, “just from the looks of the clothing, it could be a male.”

Illinois State Police Violent Crimes unit responded, but McClellan said there are no signs of foul play. East St. Louis Police will handle the investigation, pending forensic results, McClellan said.