Man Strangled, Body Dumped in Forest Preserve Pond

Resident makes grisly discovery on walk through park

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    File Image. The body was found by a man walking in the forest preserve early Wednesday.

    A body found in a Cook County Forest Preserve pond near here was identified Friday as a Waukegan man.

    David Campbell, 27, was strangled and his death ruled a homicide, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office.

    Campbell’s unclothed body was discovered partially submerged in Penny Road Pond on Cook County Forest Preserve property around 9:05 a.m. Wednesday by a local resident who was walking in the preserve, according to Mike Truppa, spokesman for the Cook County Forest Preserve District.

    The pond is in the 560-acre Spring Lake Forest Preserve on Penny Road west of Old Sutton Road, a few miles southwest of the Lake County line.

    There was no identification on Campbell’s body when police discovered him.

    Campbell was known to Waukegan police. According to Lake County Circuit Court documents, he was arrested in 2008 for leaving the scene of an accident and possession of a controlled substance after police found 50 grams of cocaine and $8,000 in cash. He also had traffic offenses on his record.

    The 911 call was made to South Barrington police on Wednesday, who notified Cook County Forest Preserve police, since the pond is in a county preserve.

    “We’re working very closely with the sheriff’s police on this investigation,” Truppa said.

    Police are still investigating the incident, and it has not been determined how long Campbell’s body was in the pond before it was discovered.

    The investigation has been turned over to the Cook County Sheriff’s Department.