Remains identified as missing Hampshire woman
From Staff Reports November 26, 2012 3:24PM
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 28, 2012 6:19AM
HAMPSHIRE — Skeletal remains found last week just outside the Hampshire village limits have been identified as those of a woman missing since last spring, authorities said Monday.
Kane County Sheriff’s Lt. Pat Gengler said in a release that department detectives were able to positively identify the remains found behind 1811 Cameron Drive as those of Kathey Wilk.
The cause of death was undetermined, but investigators do not suspect that foul play was involved in her death, Gengler said.
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 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.
Wilk had a history of suicide attempts and had left a note in her home, according to police.
An extensive search of the area around her home and area subdivisions and ponds did not turn up any clues to her whereabouts. Much of the area around her home is undeveloped and was covered with forest or brush in the spring.
Gengler said Hampshire police decided to resume searching on Friday because the fall weather has killed off much of the brush, leaves have fallen, and crops have been harvested.
A Hampshire police officer was participating in the renewed search when he found the remains 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.