Police are conducting "a death investigation" after a body was found in the bed of a truck during a traffic stop early today in Rockdale, near Joliet.
The pickup was pulled over about 1 a.m. near Larkin Avenue and U.S. 6, but the driver sped away before veering into a ditch outside the Caterpillar plant.
Rockdale Police Chief Dick Baum said the officer was about to pursue the driver, who ran from the vehicle, when he noticed a man's body in the back.
The Will County Coroner's Office will conduct an autopsy Wednesday.
The man who ran away from the vehicle has not been found.