Body found near Meredosia high school Thursday

Body found near Meredosia high school Thursday. (Google photo)

UPDATE:

The Morgan County coroner has identified the man as 42-year-old Robert Utter of Rushville, Ill.

Utter was pronounced dead at the scene on Montgomery Street at 7:54 a.m.

The cause of death is undetermined pending results of the autopsy.

ORIGINAL:

Sheriff Bill Redshaw, with the Schuyler County Sheriff's Department, confirmed the body of a male from Rushville, Ill. was found near Meredosia-Chambersburg High School Thursday.

The body was found around 8 a.m. in Meredosia, Ill. in Morgan County. The body was spotted in a vehicle parked in front of a house on Montgomery Street.

A neighbor said she saw the truck around 6:30 a.m. when her husband was leaving to go fishing. The neighbor said she didn't call the cops because she thought it belonged to someone looking at the house.

An hour later, the neighbor saw someone drive by, back up and then call 9-1-1.

According to Newschannel 20 reporter Ana Espinosa, who was on scene Thursday afternoon, the man's body was removed from the car it was found in at 12:40 p.m.

The man was wearing a plaid shirt, covered in blood. His vehicle was also covered in blood.

The body was confirmed to not be that of a police officer or law enforcement official.

Illinois State Police is leading the investigation, assisted by Morgan County Sheriff's Department, Meredosia police, Oregon County sheriffs, Jacksonville police and Bluffs police.

Master Sergeant Seth Knox, of the Illinois State Police, said this is a homicide investigation. K-9 officers are also on scene, assisting officials.

The identity of the man has not yet been released.

Meredosia-Chambersburg High School lifted the lockdown around 1 p.m., but because Thursday is the students' last day, they were dismissed at 2:15 p.m.

More to come.



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