Human remains found at abandoned Cherry Mine

Death investigation is ongoing

Bureau County Sheriff Jim Reed announced in a May 25 press release that the construction of the Bureau County Sheriff’s Law Enforcement Center at 800 Ace Rd. in Princeton has officially been completed.

A death investigation is ongoing after human remains were discovered Saturday outside the village of Cherry at the decommissioned Cherry Mine, the Bureau County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release Monday.

Deputies were dispatched to the mine about 3:54 p.m. Saturday for the discovery of human remains, the sheriff’s office said.

“The body was severely decomposed,” the sheriff’s office said in the release. “And an autopsy will be needed to determine the identity of the deceased and cause of death.”

The death investigation is ongoing with the Bureau County Coroner with Illinois State Police assisting the Bureau County Sheriff’s Office.

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