A missing teenager was found dead in a cornfield over 1,000 feet from where his car was located near Woodstock Monday evening, according to the coroner.
Ryan M. Hanson, 18, of Woodstock was found dead in a cornfield at 9:41 p.m. Monday evening by McHenry County Sheriff’s deputies after he was reported missing hours earlier.
The search by sheriff’s deputies began when Hanson was reported missing to them at around 6:00 p.m.. Authorities found his 2003 Honda CR-V alongside the road near a farm access point.
A canine search was initiated and Hanson’s body was found face down in a field over 1,000 feet from where his car was parked near the 12100 block of Charles Road in unincorporated Woodstock.
An autopsy was conducted by the McHenry County Coroner’s Office on Tuesday. McHenry County Coroner Dr. Anne Majewski said that there was “no evidence of trauma or any suspicious findings”. The cause of death is pending further studies, McHenry County Coroner Dr. Anne Majewski said in a statement.
The death remains under investigation by the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office and the McHenry County Coroner’s Office.
According to Hanson’s obituary, he was enrolled in the Pathways Engineering program at MCC and the University of Illinois, tackling a double major in computer engineering and mathematics. He is survived by his parents, two sisters, aunts and uncles, and grandparents.
A visitation will be held from 3:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Friday at Schneider Leucht Merwin & Cooney Funeral Home in Woodstock and the funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, according to the obituary.
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