Man found dead in Arlington Heights home

April 14, 2011 3:59:33 PM PDT
A man who led police on a car chase through the northwest suburbs may be connected to a death investigation in Arlington Heights.

A 911 call led police to the Arlington Heights home in the 1000 block of North Wilshire around 8:45 a.m. where they found body of George Nellessen, 55. The case is currently considered a death investigation, police said.

Officials were told that a teenager took off in the family car, which was spotted by police in Schaumburg. The 19-year-old led police through several suburbs before being taken into custody in East Dundee. Officials said he has been questioned in Nellessen's death, but is being held only on parole violations.

During the chase, several schools were put on lockdown, including St. Viator High School where Anthony Skinner is a student.

"They just said that they were informed by the Arlington Heights Police Department that there was a violent crime that took place in the vicinity of school and that's all. They didn't say much more about it," Skinner said.

Skinner and another student said they know the 19-year-old taken into custody because he attended St. Viator before transferring.

"I had biology with him freshman year. He was a sophomore and he seemed like a very nice kid," Skinner said.

On Friday, the Cook County Medical Examiner's office will conduct an autopsy and determine a cause of death.

No charges have been filed in the case.