Updated at 9:20 p.m. Wednesday
The Will County Coroner's office positively identified Dwight Jones' body to be the one found dead in Jones' home late Tuesday night. The coroner said Jones died from blunt-force trauma, but the official cause of death has not yet been determined.
Earlier, Jones' family could not make a positive identification of the body because it was too decomposed. But the coroner's office determined it to be Jones after checking his fingerprints on file with those on the body.
The Will County Sheriff's Department is investigating this as a homicide and would not release many details Wednesday. More details are expected when final autopsy and toxicology reports are complete.
Previously updated at 6 p.m. Wednesday
According to the Will County Coroner's office, the body of the man found Tuesday night in New Lenox Township was too decomposed for family to positively identify it as Dwight Jones, the resident of the home in which the body was discovered.
The coroner's office is checking Jones' fingerprints, which are on file, for comparison. A cause of death has yet to be announced, but more information is expected to be released later tonight.
Will County police were searching Jones' home for evidence Wednesday afternoon. Family could not be contacted Wednesday, and neighbors who lived next to Jones said they didn't know him well.
Previously published at 2:14 p.m. Wednesday
A New Lenox Township man was found dead in his home Tuesday night by the Will County Sheriff's Department, and he's believed to be a victim of homicide.
Sheriff's police were called to the 13000 block of 184th Place in New Lenox Township, just north of Route 6, in reference to a burglary at 11 p.m. Tuesday, according to a news release.
Dwight Jones, 59, was found dead inside his home and on a bed. The cause of death is unknown but the Will County Coroner is conducting an autopsy this afternoon. Police searched the residence after speaking to Jones' family members, who said they hadn't heard from him in a few days.
Department spokesman Ken Kaupas said the family went to the home to investigate, smelled a "peculiar odor" and found the patio door unlocked. They immediately called the police. Kaupas would not give any more details about the body.
"I’m not going into any specifics that could jeopardize the investigation," he said.
Family members also told police that Jones' gray 2008 Volkswagen Jetta, license plate A234576, was missing from the garage. Anyone with information can contact the Sheriff’s Office Investigation Unit at 815-727-8574 or can anonymously report it at www.willcosheriff.org.
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