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Coroner provides update after body found near park in Waukegan

A death investigation was launched after a body was found on Belvidere Road between Lewis Avenue and Keller Avenue in Waukegan on September 2, 2020. | Photo provided to Lake and McHenry County Scanner.

The Lake County coroner said that a middle-aged man’s body, which was found near a park in Waukegan last week, is not believed to be a suspicious death.

The Waukegan Police Department responded around 12 p.m. September 2 to an area on the north side of Belvidere Road between Lewis Avenue and Keller Avenue for a death investigation.

Police located the body of an adult male in some brush, according to Lake County Coroner Dr. Howard Cooper.

The body was near Corrine J. Rose Park, which is formerly known as Belvidere Park.

Cooper said that the man’s body is estimated to have been there for approximately three to five days before it was found.

An autopsy, which was conducted on September 4, showed that the death appeared to be natural, Cooper told Lake and McHenry County Scanner on Friday.

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Authorities have tentatively identified the man, who appears to be between the age of 30 and 50. However, the coroner’s office is still waiting on DNA test results to confirm the man’s identity.

The coroner’s office is also waiting on toxicology reports and other test results to confirm the cause and manner of death.

The Waukegan Police Department has not released any information on the incident.

The death remains under investigation by the Waukegan Police Department and Lake County Coroner’s Office.