Kankakee County, IL – Search for Deer Antlers Leads to Discovery of Man Missing Since 2017


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Kankakee, IL – A search for deer antlers in rural Pembroke Township led to the discovery of human remains last week, unraveling the mystery of a man missing since December 2017. According to the Kankakee County Coroner’s Office, the skeletal remains found on March 6, 2024, have been identified as those of Costanteen D. Hamden, a 49-year-old from Momence.

The initial discovery was made by a local resident combing the area for deer antlers, who stumbled upon a human skull and immediately contacted the authorities. The Kankakee County Sheriff’s Department promptly launched an investigation, and within two days, nearly 90% of the skeleton was recovered in the vicinity.

The identification process involved the collaborative efforts of forensic experts, including Dr. Hughes, a forensic anthropologist, Dr. Pavlik, a forensic odontologist, and Dr. Todd Miller from Premier Family Dental. The use of dental records played a crucial role in confirming Hamden’s identity.

Bob Gessner, the Kankakee County Coroner, expressed hope that this discovery would provide some closure to Hamden’s family. Hamden, last seen wearing a black jacket, was reported missing in early December 2017, with his last known whereabouts pointing to frequent trips to Chicago.

The investigation into the cause of Hamden’s death is ongoing, with multiple agencies involved. Authorities urge anyone with information regarding the case to contact the Kankakee County Sheriff’s Department at 815-802-7100.


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