Man found shot to death in Gurnee forest preserve

Man found shot to death in Gurnee forest preserve

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GURNEE, Ill. (Sun-Times Media Wire) - DNA from the body of a man found in a north suburban forest preserve Wednesday night is being compared to the son of a bicyclist reported missing 10 days ago.

The body was found about 7:45 p.m. at the Lake Carina Forest Preserve at Milwaukee Avenue and I-94 near Gurnee, according to the Lake County Ranger Police.

The man had been shot once through the mouth with the bullet exiting the back of his head, Lake County Coroner Thomas Rudd told the News-Sun.

Because the body had significant exposure to the elements, identifying him remains a challenge, Rudd said. He was found clothed in a blue jacket and shorts.

The coroner’s office also plans to bring in a forensic dentist to help in identifying the man.

Lake County Forest Preserve spokeswoman Susan Hawkins said the body was found “behind Lake Carina near the bordering I-94 area.”

The man was found leaning against a tree, police said. Hawkins said the cause of death “appears to be a single gunshot wound to the head.”

Police in the area have been searching since June 8 for Andy Adler, a 57-year-old Gurnee man, who went for a bike ride that morning and never returned.

Twenty-one groups totaling about 140 people covered a 12-mile radius to search for Adler and his blue Cannondale bike, the News-Sun reported.

Volunteers with dogs and a helicopter also searched along the Des Plaines River Trail, a route Adler frequented.

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