Body Found Next to Car in West Chicago Off Route 59 Identified As Missing Arlington Heights Man Eugene Jonsson


The body discovered next to an Arlington Heights man’s car by West Chicago Police on the afternoon of Thursday September 19, 2013 has been positively identified as that of 84-year-old Eugene Jonsson of Arlington Heights, Illinois. Mr. Jonsson had been reported missing from his residence on August 22, 2013. Eugene Jonsson was identified through dental records by the DuPage County Coroner’s office. The exact cause of death will be determined pending the results of additional laboratory tests. At this time however, no foul play is suspected. The investigation remains open until the final cause of death is made.

The West Chicago police released information Friday that the vehicle found in the ravine was registered to Eugene Jonsson, who was known by police agencies to have been reported missing from his residence on August 22, 2013.

On Thursday, September 19, 2013, at 4:49 p.m., a West Chicago Police officer was flagged down by a landscaper working in the area of Illinois Route 59 and Hawthorne Lane. The landscaper told the officer he discovered a car off the roadway that had been in a crash. Responding officers located a dark gray Buick sedan approximately 50 feet off the roadway in a deep ravine. A partially decomposed body was found next to the vehicle. The northbound lanes of Route 59 just north of Hawthorne Lane were shut down during the investigation for about 90 minutes.

The DuPage County Sheriff’s Forensic Investigation Unit and the DuPage County Coroner assisted in the investigation of the scene. An autopsy was scheduled for the morning of September 20, 2013. Official identification, as well as cause and manner of death, should be determined subsequent to the autopsy.

Memorial Services for Eugene Jonsson are Wednesday September 25, 2013 at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church with arrangements by Friedrichs Funeral Home.

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