Body discovered in Sauk Village woods

April 4, 2008 8:45:00 PM PDT
A body has been found in the woods in Chicago's far south suburbs.The body was in a field in Sauk Village near 223rd St. and Torrence. Police were trying to identify the remains Friday night.

Police say a search team discovered the body Friday afternoon. Investigators were removing the body from the scene late Friday night, as they hoped to learn more information.

Authorities would not release any information about the victim to ABC7 Chicago Friday.

Earlier in the day, five or six search teams had been out in the Sauk Village community since approximately 12 p.m. searching for a 15-year-old girl who has been missing for about 48 hours. But, police were not making a direct connection between the case of the missing girl and the discovery of a body.

One of the search teams discovered the body between 5 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Friday in a creek about 12 feet from the tree line.

"We decided after other avenues were exhausted and other situations were still being looked into, and the case was ongoing at that time, that a grid search should begin. So, I ordered that about noon today. And emergency services from many communities showed up. Unfortunately, our search uncovered this," said Chief Tom Lacheta of the Sauk Village Police.

The police chief also said if anyone has been in the wooded area near 223rd Street and Torrence in the last 48 hours and suspects that they may have seen something suspicious, please call the police department.


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