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Body found near Crete may be missing Chicago man

The remains of a man were found inside a car in a wooded area Tuesday night in Crete Township. Authorities believe the body is a Chicago man who has been missing for nearly two months.

A Chevrolet Lumina was found around 6 p.m. near Crete-Monee Road and Western Avenue.

“A farmer saw tracks in the corn and followed them into the woods where he saw the vehicle,” Will County Coroner Patrick K. O’Neil said. The woods are on property recently acquired by the Will County Forest Preserve.

A body was found inside along with identification belonging to an 87-year-old man who last was seen Sept. 9.

“The skeletal decomposition indicates he’s been there the same (amount of) time,” O’Neil said.

An autopsy was scheduled for Wednesday. The man’s name was being withheld until family could be notified.

Will County Forest Preserve Lt. Tracy Phillips said it appeared the vehicle got stuck on a log or drain pipe in a remote area. The tow truck was unable to reach the vehicle until firefighters knocked down a few trees.

“Looks like the driver spun the tires attempting to move the car but wasn’t able to,” Phillips said.

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