West Chicago police and firefighters responded about noon Tuesday August 14,2018 after firefighters noticed some smoke, went to investigate, and discovered a body burning in a field in the block of 1300 Joliet Street.
West Chicago firefighters were involved in training when they noticed the smoke and found the body smoldering.
West Chicago police say that it appeared the body had only been there for a short amount of time. Homes in the area, which includes property formerly used as a farm, had just recently been boarded up and sold to a developer. A camping tent was located near the scene, and it appeared the tent was recently being used.
The body was located near a picnic table about 400 feet southeast of three small structures — a small ranch farmhouse, a garage, and a barn. A temporary portable protective tent was placed over the scene, which is also about 1,100 feet south of Route 38.
Initially police did not describe the victim, except saying that the body was believed to be a male victim. No other details about the circumstances of the case were released. The case was a death investigation, but foul play was not ruled out. A West Chicago Police Department press conference is scheduled for Wednesday morning, August 15, 2018. An autopsy is also scheduled Wednesday.
ABC 7 Chicago’s Eric Horng report …
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