Metro-East News

East St. Louis woman found dead; person of interest in custody

The woman was found dead after family members asked police to check on her.
The woman was found dead after family members asked police to check on her. BND illustration

A 36-year-old East St. Louis woman was found dead inside of her apartment in the 2900 block of Waverly on Saturday after police were asked by family members to conduct a well-being check.

St. Clair County Deputy Coroner Curt Schildknecht pronounced Lenear Mckissick of 2903 Waverly Ave. dead at 11:06 p.m. He said the cause of death will be released after an autopsy is completed.

East St. Louis Police Chief Michael Hubbard said Mckissick’s son contacted the police in reference to conducting a well-being check, because he had not heard from his mother in a few days.

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When he went by her apartment her music was playing loud and there was no answer at the door, her son told police. There were signs of foul play, according to Hubbard. He said police have one person of interest in custody.

The East St. Louis Police Department and Illinois State Police are investigating Mckissick’s death.

Cortez Slack, the chief of the East St. Louis Housing Authority’s security detail, said the woman had lived in the Waverly apartment since July 2014. She lived alone.

Slack learned about the woman’s body in the apartment late Saturday night when he received a call from the East St. Louis Police who said they were doing a follow up on a call the department received asking them to do a wellness check.

Carolyn P. Smith: 618-239-2503