Alderman's Family Devastated by Murder

31-year-old found dead in back of his SUV

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    Wilfredo Gines went missing Thursday. His body was found in the back of his SUV with severe head trauma on Saturday.

    A Chicago alderman's son-in-law was found dead in the back of his SUV in Hammond, Ind., this weekend.

    Wilfredo Gines' family found his body in the back of his green Ford Expedition at Alexander Avenue and 173rd Street Saturday.  The Chicago resident was pronounced dead on the scene at 7:30 p.m., according to the Lake County, Ind. Coroner’s office.

    Alderman's Family Speaks

    [CHI] Alderman's Family Speaks
    The family of Ald. Joann Thompson speaks about the murder of a relative.

    While initial reports indicated that Gines had severe trauma to the head, autopsy results found no trauma on the victim at all.

    Authorities said Gines is the father of 16th Ward Ald. JoAnn Thompson’s grandchildren.  On Sunday, Thompson told the Tribune her family is taking his death very hard.

    "My grandchildren are devastated, I am totally devastated," Thompson told the Tribune this morning. "Their father was their world. How do you recover from something like that?"

    Chicago police issued a missing persons report Thursday when Gines never returned from a trip to retrieve tools in south suburban Chicago Heights. He was last seen about 2:30 p.m. Thursday, according to the report.

    Hammond police are conducting an ongoing investigation, but nobody is in custody and police have not yet developed a main suspect, Hoyda said.

    Gines’ body was discovered blocks east of Purdue University Calumet at 2200 169th Street in Hammond, according to the university’s Web site.