Adult Male Body Found in Apartment Complex Retention Pond Just West of Walmart at Route 173 and Kenosha Rd, Zion


Zion police and firefighter/paramedics responded about 11:30 a.m. Monday April 22, 2019 to a report that a body was found in a retention pond in the block of 1500 Lorelei Drive, just north of Route 173, and just west of the Walmart Supercenter in Zion. Maintenance workers for the Woodstone Village Apartments observed the body in the retention pond and called 9-1-1. The Zion Fire/Rescue Department, under the direction of the Lake County Coroner’s Office, retrieved the body. The body was confirmed to be an adult male. CBS Chicago reported Monday evening that police said that foul play was not a factor in the death.

The Lake County Coroner’s office will be working to identify the victim. Lake County Coroner Dr. Howard Cooper said dental records will be used to make a positive identification of the body. The autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday, April 23, 2019.

The Walmart is located about 1.5 mile northwest of the intersection of 21st Street and Gabriel Avenue — the location of an apartment building where a missing man was last seen on Friday March 15, 2019 — before apparently leaving for his job at a nursing home. The missing man, Cory Rhinehart, age 28, shares an apartment unit with his sister.

Since Cory Rhinehart was reported missing on Friday, March 15, 2019, Zion police and the Lake County Major Crime Task Force have been searching for Cory Rhinehart and investigating the circumstances regarding his disappearance.

According to family information, a 9-1-1 call at 8:00 p.m. on Friday, March 15, 2019 was received from Cory Rinehart’s cell phone from an apartment or near an apartment in the block of 2100 block of Gabriel Avenue, which is near the intersection with 21st Street in Zion. For reference, traveling westbound, 21st Street becomes Bethlehem Avenue, which heads northwest. Continuing, the roadway turns west and becomes Route 173 (Rosecrans Road) and passes near the scene where the body was found (about 1.5 mile from the location of origin of the 9-1-1 call). The 9-1-1 call was disconnected before there was any voice communication from Rhinehart’s phone and the dispatch center. Police were dispatched to the area of the apartment, where blood was discovered, according to Rinehart’s stepfather, Melvin Holmes, who is married to Rhinehart’s mother, Andrea Holmes. Cory Rhinehart was not at the location. Initially there was no confirmation whether Rhinehart’s cell phone was discovered.

Zion police have not confirmed the details of the 9-1-1 call, and initially police released very little information about the case. Zion police confirmed Monday afternoon that they recovered a body from a retention pond in the block of 1500 Lorelei Drive at approximately 11:30 a.m. Monday.



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