More Information Gathered in Case of
Body Found in Hay Meadow
by: Bobby McDonald
An early Tuesday morning interview with Chief Investigator, Rusty Stillwagoner, revealed some more developments in the case of the body found in the Loop-301 - Hwy-11 hay meadow, last Thursday. "We were able to make contact with the Chicago Police Department, and an investigator there went to the address that was on the identification card, that we found with the body," related Stillwagoner. "The investigator there made contact with a co-worker and roommate, who said that the approximately 80 year old male, identified on the identification had left there, in late September, headed home to Mexico, and stated that he believed the Hispanic male might have the first stages of Alzheimers."
The Illinois informant put local authorities in contact with a nephew of the man, who lived in Tennessee. The Tennessee relative then gave investigators additional family members in Mexico. Authorities have been in contact with a brother, in Mexico, and through the use of a translator, have learned that the man was either enroute home or on his way back from Mexico, and had been reported missing since December 2010.
"We're continuing to pursue this as a positive identification of the body that we found in the pasture," continued Stillwagner. "I'm on my way to the University of North Texas Crime Lab, in Ft. Worth, this morning, with the remains, and we hope to get a positive DNA match, with the brother in Mexico, to make certain that the remains match the identification, found with the body, at the Hopkins County location!"
"Hopefully, we can make the positive identification and give this family some closure to the demise of their loved one," related Stillwagoner. "We will continue to work on the case to positively identify the remains, and make certain that we learn what happened in this case!"
Local law enforcement feel "lucky" that they were able to find an identification card, near the scene where
a body was located in a Hopkins County hay meadow, last Thursday.