Body found in Hampshire may be that of long-missing woman
By Dave Gathman firstname.lastname@example.org November 23, 2012 1:21PM
Hampshire Police were in that area doing a follow up search in relation to a missing person case they began investigating on 5/7/12. In that case, Kathey Wilk 4/28/60 of 1721 Cameron Dr, was reported missing by her brother.
Updated: December 26, 2012 6:31AM
HAMPSHIRE — The six-month-long mystery about what happened to Kathey Wilk may have come to an end. Village police found bones near her home Friday morning that are suspected to be her body.
Wilk, 52, of the 1700 block of Cameron Drive in Lakewood Crossings subdivision on Hampshire’s far northeast side, disappeared in early May. Her brother notified police on Monday, May 7, that she had not shown up for a family gathering the day before and he was concerned about her welfare. Police going to her home reportedly found the door unlocked, with her purse and keys still in the home.
In announcing the discovery of skeletal remains near Wilk’s house, Kane County Sheriff’s Lt. Pat Gengler also revealed that she had a history of suicide attempts and had left a note in her home. Police spokesmen at the time said they were afraid she had been injured but they did not believe any foul play was involved.
In May, volunteers from the Hampshire and Huntley community joined police, firefighters, K9 dogs and even an Illinois State Police airplane to search around her home for two days. Firefighters working from boats even searched the ponds in Lakewood Crossings. The search extended as far as the nearest subdivisions in Huntley.
But much of the area around her home is undeveloped and covered with forest or brush.
Gengler said Hampshire police decided to resume searching this week because the fall weather now has killed off much of the brush, leaves have fallen and crops have been harvested.
A Hampshire police officer was participating in this renewed search Friday when he found what Gengler described as “skeletal remains and clothing” in a heavily wooded area behind 1811 Cameron Drive, only about two blocks from Wilk’s home.
The site is just outside the village limits, so Hampshire police notified the sheriff’s office of their findings at 7:50 a.m. Gengler said.
“The Wilk family has been notified that remains have been found,” Gengler said. “However, at this point, detectives are not able to readily identify the remains. Detectives are hopeful that a positive identification will be made by comparing dental records of the remains to that of Wilk.”
He said detectives have not yet been able to determine the cause of death.
He said the case remains under investigation by sheriff’s detectives, working closely with the Hampshire Police Department.
Village police could not be reached for comment.