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Woman's body found in portable toilet at construction site

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DECATUR — A construction worker found an unresponsive middle-age white woman in a portable toilet on the grounds of MacArthur High School at about 7 a.m. Wednesday morning.

The woman, who has not been positively identified, was pronounced dead at 8:22 a.m. Wednesday by Macon County Coroner Michael E. Day.

“I do not believe the death is a result of foul play,” Day said. There is somewhat of an air of mystery about the woman, who may have lived in several other locations.

“She is known to use multiple aliases,” Day said. “She has no connection to Macon County, to the best of our knowledge. She may have been here seeking medical treatment.”

The woman’s body was found on the school grounds, just north of one of the buildings, in the middle of the construction territory.

Day has been contacting authorities in other counties and other states to try to confirm her identify and notify relatives.

“Everything one person tells you the other person contradicts,” Day said. “People tell us she’s from one state, then someone else says, ‘She’s not from here.’ One says she has a history of this or that, the next person says, ‘No, not her, no, not ever.’ ”

Day said the woman has been tentatively identified by at least one form of identification found in her possession and a name found on medication bottles and other items.

The woman has no known connection to the high school or the construction companies working on the renovation project at the school.

Day said he hopes to positively identify the woman today, using her fingerprints. An autopsy is scheduled in McLean County today.

Day said ID photos can be useful for positive identification in some cases, but what he has seen in this case is not conclusive.

“I have a pretty fair idea of who she is, but it is prudent to confirm her with a fingerprint ID,” Day said. “I have been trying to find family members who may be out of state.”|(217) 421-6985


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