Skeletal Remains Located in Beach Park Wooded Area Near Entrance to Illinois Beach State Park

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Lake County Sheriff’s Detectives are investigating skeletal remains found in a wooded area near Sheridan Road and Wadsworth Road in Beach Park. Sheridan Road (Route 137) and Wadsworth Road intersect near the northwest area of Illinois Beach State Park.

Zion police officers received an anonymous tip on Friday, June 14, 2024 that there were human remains located in a wooded area near the entrance of the Illinois Beach State Park. Members of Zion Police Department searched the area and located skeletal remains. Due to the remains being located within the sheriff’s office jurisdictional boundaries, Zion Police Department contacted the Lake County Sheriff’s Office.

Lake County Sheriff’s deputies and detectives responded to the scene, and the scene was processed for evidence and diagramming. The Lake County Coroner’s Office responded and took possession of the remains.

Initially, the time period placing the the remains at the location is unknown. Also, the identity, cause, and manner of death are initially unknown.

The death remains under investigation by the Lake County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division.



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