Person of interest photo released in Northbrook strangulation

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Wednesday, January 4, 2017
Northbrook police release photo of person of interest in strangulation
Northbrook police released this photo of a person of interest in the murder of Jigar Patel, 36, who was found strangled Dec. 7 in Northbrook.

NORTHBROOK, Ill. (WLS) -- Police released a photo of a person of interest wanted in connection with the Dec. 7 strangulation death of 36-year-old Jigar Patel in north suburban Northbrook.

The two photos, apparently from surveillance video, show a man in a trenchcoat and hat holding a cane.

Patel was found murdered in an office building in the 1300-block of Shermer Road at about 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7.

Police released the photos on Wednesday and noted that they believe the murder was "an isolated incident and there is no threat to the community."

Friends described Patel as a strong family man who lived in Prospect Heights, 20 minutes away from his job. As a lawyer he worked on small business and real estate transactions, according to his website.

Anyone with information is asked to call Northbrook police at 847-664-4181.