CHICAGO (WLS) -- Authorities have released the cause of death for a northwest suburban man whose body was found after a vehicle fire in the Pilsen neighborhood last month.
The victim was identified as 43-year-old James Gerage of Barrington Hills, the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office said. His cause of death has been ruled as a homicide from multiple injuries due to assault.
He was found dead in the back seat of a car after a fire in the 600-block of West 21st Street late September 23, Chicago Fire Department officials said.
He was pronounced dead at 12:45 a.m. September 24.
The vehicle was found in an industrial area steps from the Dan Ryan.
Gerage was a successful businessman who co-owned Elgin-based Omega Demolition with his brother. The company is known for high-profile projects, such as the demolition of Wacker Drive, and most recently, the Ohio feeder ramp and the widening of the Jane Addams Tollway.
Barrington Hills man found in burning Pilsen vehicle died of assault, ME says