The missing Buffalo Grove man found dead in a Wauconda cornfield on Monday is believed to have killed himself, the Lake County Coroner told Lake and McHenry County Scanner.
Wauconda Chief of Police David Wermes told Lake and McHenry County Scanner on Tuesday that Paul T. Carr, 41, of Buffalo Grove, was found dead by officers in a cornfield.
Chief Wermes said that officers were called at 8:51 a.m. on Monday to the 2000 block of North Rand Road in Wauconda for a report of a suspicious vehicle near a building.
The 911 caller told dispatchers that there was an unoccupied suspicious vehicle, which was later identified as Carr’s vehicle, which had a large amount of blood inside. Police officers, canine units and drones were called to search the area.
They found Carr’s body several hundred yards to the east in a large cornfield.
Carr was reported missing by his wife Sunday morning, police said. He had worked as a physical therapist at Barrington Orthopedics Specialists in Buffalo Grove.
A preliminary autopsy performed Tuesday morning showed that Carr died from “injuries caused by sharp force trauma,” Lake County Coroner Dr. Howard Cooper said. Toxicology testing is pending.
Dr. Cooper told Lake and McHenry County Scanner late Tuesday evening that Carr likely killed himself. But officials have not yet ruled it a suicide as they are waiting on further information and testing.
“It does not look like a homicide,” Dr. Cooper added.
Buffalo Grove police said that while their department did not have any active investigation involving Carr before he went missing, they are now investigating an allegation made against him which occurred at his workplace.
Buffalo Grove police have not released any further details because of the active investigation.