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Body found in forest preserve is missing Wauconda man

Updated: January 28, 2014 6:24AM

A body found on Christmas Day in a forest preserve in Barrington Hills has been identified as a Wauconda man reported missing after he was last seen walking out of a Carpentersville bar two days earlier, police said.

The body of Robert Hovinen, 38, of the 25200 block of Ivanhoe Road, was found in the Spring Creek Valley Forest Preserve near 361 Bateman Road in Barrington Hills, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office.

According to Carpentersville police, Hovinen went missing Dec. 23 from Skeeters, a Carpentersville bar located about 2.5 miles from where the body was found in unincorporated Cook County.

An autopsy Thursday was inconclusive pending toxicological reports, according to the medical examiner’s office.

The Cook County Sheriff’s Office is investigating but does not suspect foul play in the case, spokesman Benjamin Breit said.

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