Illinois Sheriff’s Department Provides Update on Human Remains Discovered in Kewanee Last Week


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KEWANEE, IL – The Henry County Sheriff’s Department offered an update Thursday morning regarding the ongoing death investigation after human remains were found in a rural area near Kewanee on March 10, 2024. Chief Deputy Ben Franklin emphasized the department’s commitment to thoroughness and discretion to maintain the integrity of the active investigation.

According to Chief Deputy Franklin, the investigation is complex, involving multiple agencies and various resources. The aim is to be as discreet as possible while ensuring the comprehensive analysis of the skeletal remains and other items discovered at the scene. The department has pledged to use all available resources to identify the victim and provide closure to the victim’s family and friends.

The original announcement of the investigation on March 10 highlighted that the discovery does not pose a danger to the public. The Henry County Sheriff’s Office Investigation Division, along with the Illinois State Police Crime Scene Services and the Kewanee Police Department, are actively involved in the case. The department promises to keep the public informed as more information becomes available, underscoring a commitment to transparency and respect for the victim’s loved ones.

For further updates, the community is encouraged to remain patient and follow official channels as the investigation progresses.


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