Missing Evanston Woman's Body Found in State Park

Sunday, Feb 7, 2010  |  Updated 4:15 PM CDT
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Missing Evanston Woman's Body Found in State Park

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FILE IMAGE: A frozen waterfall in Starved Rock State Park

A woman whose body was located Saturday in Starved Rock State Park has been identified as the same woman listed as missing from her Evanston home since Jan. 29.

Theresa Ann Hunt, 53, from Evanston, was found on a trail below Eagle Cliff and was pronounced dead at the scene at 11:35 a.m. Saturday, according to Sgt. Robert Frazier from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources Conservation Police.

No foul play is suspected, Frazier said Sunday.

Officials started looking for the missing woman in the state park, located approximately 95 miles southwest of Chicago, after cell phone records showed her phone was on and had been used in the area, Frazier said.

"That’s how we were pretty certain she was in park," Frazier said, adding that videotapes from the Starved Rock Lodge show that Hunt was there Jan. 30.

Hunt’s body was found approximately 35 minutes after a team of 73 people from 11 agencies began a search of the park Saturday morning.

Some searchers hadn’t even received their assignments of where to search when Hunt’s body was found, Frazier said.

A Tuesday autopsy conducted by the LaSalle County Coroner’s office at the facilities of the Will County Coroner’s office will determine the cause and manner of Hunt’s death, Frazier said.

DNR Conservation Police are investigating.

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