Cops Still Won't Call Scott's Death a Suicide

Weis wants to interview more potential witnesses

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    The body of School Board President Michael Scott was found in the Chicago River.

    Though three weeks have passed since Chicago School Board President Michael Scott was found floating facedown in the Chicago River, cops still aren’t ready to label his death a suicide.

    Police Superintendant Jody Weis announced today that the Chicago police still need to make sure they’ve spoken to everyone involved before making a final determination as to a cause of death.

    "The one question we may never have an answer for is why this happened, but it¹s important we talk to every person," he said.

    Nearly all the evidence collected so far seems to support the Cook County medical examiner’s early classification of suicide.

    Police reviewed hours of videotape from various cameras around the city to track Scott’s night.

    The cameras at the Apparel Center where he died were turned off, so it won’t be 100 percent clear what happened at the moment the man died, but police were able to follow his car from the time he left his sister’s place at a convalescent home in the South Loop straight to the Apparel Center.

    He made no detours and stopped to talk to no one.

    Other evidence that backs up the suicide claim includes: the .380 caliber handgun recovered from the scene belonged to Scott. The bullet came from that gun. His money clip and credit cards were found near the body, indicating that he wasn’t robbed.

    Plus, the medical examiner determined that the head wound was consistent with that of a suicide.

    Weis didn’t say when the department would make a final determination as to cause of death.