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Remains found in McHenry County home ID’d; felony charge vs. owner

Updated: January 25, 2014 6:21AM

McHenry County

Skeletal remains identified: A man has been charged after the skeletal remains of a woman were discovered in his McHenry County home. The Illinois State Police Crime Lab identified the remains through DNA comparisons as 49-year-old Jacqueline R. Schaefer, who previously had lived at the home where the remains were found, in the 500 block of Country Club Road, the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office announced Monday. A caretaker discovered Schaefer’s skeletal remains Nov. 6 and contacted authorities, the release said. The McHenry County Coroner’s Office said Monday a cause of death has not officially been determined. The next day, the U.S. Marshal Service in Las Vegas, Nev., took the homeowner, William J. Ross, into custody and charged him with concealment of a homicidal death, a felony, the release said. He was ordered held on $100,000 bond. Ross, 62, is scheduled to appear Feb. 13 in a Nevada court for a status hearing. The investigation is ongoing, and anyone with information about Schaefer or her death is asked to contact the sheriff’s office at 815-334-4750.


Man critical after crash: A 31-year-old Elgin man was critically injured Friday when the car he was driving struck a utility pole on Route 20 near Route 59, police said Monday. Police said the man, whose identity was not released, was transported to St. Alexius Medical Center in Hoffman Estates by the Bartlett Fire Protection District. He remained in critical condition with life-threatening injuries, police said. According to reports, the man was driving a 2000 Toyota Camry west on Route 20 about 10:15 p.m. when the vehicle struck the curb and left the roadway, hitting the utility pole and coming to a stop on the embankment.


Police safety check: The Illinois State Police, District 15, announced that officers will conduct a roadside safety check from 11 p.m. Dec. 28 until 4 a.m. Dec. 29 on the westbound ramp of I-90 at Route 31. A release said the ISP has zero tolerance for impaired driving in Illinois and that officers working this detail will be watchful for drivers operating vehicles in an unsafe manner, driving with a suspended or revoked driver’s license, transporting open alcoholic beverages, or driving under the influence. Alcohol and drug impairment is a significant factor in nearly 40 percent of all fatal motor vehicle crashes in Illinois, the release noted. Safety checks are aimed at taking dangerous DUI offenders off the road, it said.

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