Wilmette Police have identified a man whose body was found Monday night near the Edens Expressway as Colin Nutter of Highland Park.
Nutter, 20, was identified through fingerprints, Wilmette Chief Brian King said in a news release.
The body showed signs of trauma, but an official at the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office said a preliminary cause of death had yet to be determined. An autopsy was scheduled for Wednesday, King said.
Wilmette Police were investigating Nutter’s death as a murder, with help from the North Regional Major Crimes Task Force. King asked that anyone with information call the task force’s tip line at (847) 853-7580, or Wilmette Police at (847) 256-1200.
A person walking a dog spotted Nutter’s body about 8:30 p.m. Monday. It was lying in brush on the east side of Frontage Road, just south of the intersection of Old Glenview Road and Briar Drive.
Sarah Weissman, who lives across the street from the Nutter family, said the news of Nutter’s death was horrifying.
“They are a lovely family, and I am horrified. I don’t know Colin well, but I know he rode the bus with my children for years,” said Weissman, who shared an eighth-grade photo of Nutter from the Elm Place School yearbook. “I know his mom and they are a very lovely family. I can’t say what he was like as a teenager or young adult but I did know him as a young boy.”
Meanwhile, a regional task force of investigators was inside the central Highland Park home Tuesday. Crime-scene tape cordoned off the area. There were no signs of any Nutter family members.
Highland Park Police officers were at the Nutter house at 12:23 a.m. May 4 to investigate an alleged home burglary.
Three people were arrested and charges were later filed for residential burglary, possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Cameron Goodwin, 17, of Highland Park, was charged with residential burglary and possession of marijuana. Two minors also were charged.
Responding officers reported a basement window was broken and an iPad stolen from the home.
Deputy Police Chief George Pfutzenreuter confirmed that the residential burglary occurred at the Nutter home, but he said it was too early to say whether there was any connection to Nutter’s death.
Pfutzenreuter said Highland Park was assisting in the investigation, which was being led by Wilmette Police and North Regional Major Crimes Task Force.
Contributing: Brian Slodysko, Kathy Routliffe and Karen Berkowitz