A 29-year-old Woodstock man was found dead Sunday on an abandoned property in Harvard after he went missing, officials said.
The McHenry County Coroner’s Office said that Jeffrey T. Carlton, 29, of Woodstock, left his home on Friday evening and never returned. Police searched on Saturday for him but they were unsuccessful in finding Carlton.
On Sunday at around 1:00 p.m. Carlton was located on an abandoned property at Ozinga Concrete, 20806 McGuire Road in Harvard.
An autopsy was performed Tuesday afternoon and no foul play is suspected at this time, according to McHenry County Coroner Dr. Anne L. Majewski. Cause of death and toxicology testing is pending.
Harvard Police Department Chief Mark Krause said that Carlton’s death appeared to be an overdose.
Anyone with information regarding Carlton’s death is asked to call the Harvard Police Department at 815-943-4431 or the McHenry County Coroner’s Office at 815-338-9392.
A donation page was started to raise money for funding for the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation in Carlton’s memory. The page has raised over the $1,000 goal that was set as of Wednesday morning.
“For many that knew Jeff Carlton, they remember him as a kind, funny, spirited guy who was a truly gifted student, excelled at every sport he ever tried and a friend to all and that is how we hope you will continue to remember him and keep him with you,” The Carlton Family donation page said.
“Unfortunately mental illness had other plans for Jeff and no one can imagine the torture and pain his mind has endured. Jeff was diagnosed with schizophrenia in 2015. Over the course of the last couple years Jeff’s mental illness impacted him greatly at times and he lost hope, deciding to end his disease in the only way he saw as an option,” The Carlton Family donation page went on to say.
Funeral services are set for 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. Friday at St Patrick’s Catholic Church at 15012 St. Patrick Road in Hartland.