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Coroner's office expected to release statement Friday on body bag removed from Fairview Park lake

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Updated at 7:05 p.m.

DECATUR — Decatur police Sgt. David Pruitt told the Herald & Review all information about why investigators are at Fairview Park or what was removed from Dreamland Lake must be directed to the Macon County Coroner's Office. 

Pruitt said he couldn't answer any questions. 

Chief Deputy Coroner Dee Coventry was seen speaking to the family of Dominic Walker, the teen who went missing in Decatur on Saturday, near the pond. 

The park has been reopened.


Updated at 6:48 p.m. 

DECATUR — The contents of a body bag were placed on a gurney at Dreamland Lake in Fairview Park on Thursday, after investigators searched the pond. 

The Herald & Review could not verify what was inside the body bag. 

The gurney was rolled to the tennis courts area. 

Also at the scene are family members of missing teen Dominic Walker, who was last seen in the 1000 block of West King Street on Saturday. Macon County coroner's office officials are at the scene as well.  

The lake dates to 1905 and is named after the Dreamland Park​ amusement park that once operated nearby.

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources said the pond is 1.2 acres with a depth of 6 feet.

Check back here for more details in this developing story. 


Updated at 5:53 p.m. 

DECATUR — Police have closed Fairview Park and officers are walking the perimeter of Dreamland Lake. 

Police at the scene declined to say what they are investigating. Officers previously were searching in the area for missing teen Dominic Walker, who was last seen in the 1000 block of West King Street early Saturday. 

Dominic is 16 and has been diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome and ADHD, police have said. Police have conducted a search that includes reviewing surveillance footage, canvassing the area and enlisting a search-and-rescue team to search the Sangamon River

Decatur Police and Decatur Park Police are both on scene. The Decatur police crime scene investigation van has also been brought to the area. 

Sgt. Chris Copeland previously said a search-and-rescue team from Harristown joined Decatur police on Wednesday in searching the Sangamon River west of the dam using sonar equipment. Police also searched more than 50 vacant homes and buildings in the area, as well as other locations like cemeteries, parks and bodies of water, he said. 

Dominic's father, Adam Walker, said Tuesday evening his son left behind his phone and tablet, along with a stress ball and fidget spinner he often used. "If he did run away, he's not in any trouble," Walker said. "We just want him to come home and be home safe." 


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