A female homicide victim initially reported as a 57 year-old victim was corrected and updated by officials on Thursday January 2, 2020 as a 24 year-old female victim. A person who was garbage picking discovered the woman’s body in a trash dumpster that is located at the north end of the parking lot where a 2-story mixed apartments over medical office building exists at 1578 Maple Street in Des Plaines. The person who discovered the body reported immediately heading for home and calling 9-1-1 to report the discovery, according to Des Plaines police.
UPDATE, Registered Sex Offender Listed at Maple Street Address NOT Named as Suspect …
Des Plaines police and firefighter/paramedics responded about 1:32 p.m. Tuesday December 31, 2019 to a check for well-being call near Maple Street and Lincoln Avenue. The first police officers on the scene immediately suspected foul play and secured the scene. The police officers also requested that firefighter/paramedics stage nearby. Firefighter/paramedics left the scene about 20 minutes after arriving, and did not transport any victims to the hospital. Initially it was not clear to the public whether Des Plaines Police Department received a call that any violence was involved prior to their arrival.
Des Plaines police said there is no immediate threat to the community, and that additional information will be released upon completion of the investigation. Police have not said whether any suspects are in custody.
According to the Illinois State Police Offender Registry, a 51 year-old male convicted in Cook County of murder and aggravated criminal sex abuse and bodily harm lives in an apartment unit on the same property where the victim’s body was found. The convicted murderer was convicted of killing a 16 year-old girl from Schaumburg by strangulation in July 1990. The convict was eligible for parole in 2006, and was released from prison in 2006 — possibly in June 2006. The convict is one of 53 offenders who are listed as registered sex offenders with addresses in Des Plaines. The convict is the only registered sex offender in Des Plaines who is also listed as a murderer. The list of Des Plaines registered sex offenders can be found at the Illinois State Police website www.isp.state.il.us/sor by entering “Des Plaines” in the city field. Cardinal News is not publishing the name of the convicted murderer because at the time of publishing this article he has not been named as a suspect in the murder of the 24 year-old victim.
On Wednesday January 1, 2020, the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office released information that a 57-year-old woman was a victim of a homicide by strangulation on Tuesday, December 31, 2019 in Des Plaines. The age of the victim was corrected to age 24 on Thursday January 2, 2020. According to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office, the woman was attacked about 1:28 p.m. on Tuesday, December 31, 2019, New Year’s Eve in the block of 1500 Maple Street, and was pronounced dead a few minutes later. The identity of the victim was not initially released.
The block of 1500 Maple Street is north of Oakton Street near the cross street of Lincoln Avenue. The neighborhood is a quiet neighborhood between Oakton Street and Algonquin Road, just west of River Road, with many elaborate traditional Christmas decorations.
Des Plaines police were cordial at the scene Tuesday, but did not release any information, and did not provide any additional information on Wednesday, January 1, 2019.
The Major Case Assistance Team (MCAT) van responded to the scene, and a panoramic camera was used for forensic photography in the northwest corner of a rear commercial parking lot just south of the residential neighborhood. The parking lot is located behind a 2-story building at 1792 Oakton Street (or 1578 Maple) with apartments over commercial space that has been used for medical offices.
Firefighters returned to the scene to assist police about 8:00 p.m. and left again a short time later. Police remained on the scene past 8:30 p.m.
Maple Street was blocked between Oakton Street and Lincoln Avenue during the investigation. Police setup a perimeter with crime scene tape and barricades that blocked public access at commercial properties on both sides of Maple Street just north of Oakton Street.
The information in this article is an early report published before any summary information was confirmed or released by police or fire authorities.
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