Richard Ray

‘Grill' Recovered From Body Found in Burning Tires Could ID Victim, Illinois State Police Hope

The custom “grill”—a set of prosthetic gold-colored teeth—recovered from a body found in a burning pile of tires gives Illinois State Police hope that they will be able to identify an unrecognizable homicide victim.

The body was found in the 1000 block of North 48th Street in Washington Park on Monday. An autopsy determined the victim died of a gunshot wound. The person is believed to have been between 5’10 -6’1” in height but race and gender were not determined.

The grill was recovered from the body’s lower teeth, police said.

“We are asking the public’s help to identify this person,” Illinois State Police said. “While we are using tradition forensic means to identify the body, we believe someone will recognize this piece and could more quickly identify this individual.”

Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact Illinois State Police Special Agent Travis Irwin at 618-484-5189.

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