Discovery of body Sunday leads to Crystal Lake police investigation

‘While we are still gathering evidence, we are sure there is no danger to the public as a result of this incident,’ Crystal Lake police say

Crystal Lake police are investigating the death of a 34-year-old man whose body was discovered Sunday in the area of Oak Street south of Shipland Drive.

Officials with the Crystal Lake Police Department and Crystal Lake Fire Rescue Department responded at 8:29 a.m. Sunday to the report of an unconscious male, according to a news release the police department sent about 3 p.m. Monday.

The McHenry County Coroner’s Office identified the man as Jeremy Ochal of Crystal Lake, and said he was found lying face down in a grassy area. He was not immediately identified because no ID or cellphone was found on his person, the coroner’s office said.

When officers arrived, they located the body and saw no obvious signs of injury to the man, according to the police department’s release.

The coroner’s office performed an autopsy Monday, and toxicology test results are pending. A preliminary cause of death was not released.

“This case is considered an active investigation,” the Crystal Lake Police Department said in its release. “While we are still gathering evidence, we are sure there is no danger to the public as a result of this incident. We encourage anyone who may have information relating to this incident to contact the Crystal Lake Police Department at 815-356-3620.”

Anyone with information also can send an anonymous tip to the Crystal Lake Police Department by texting the word CLPDTIP along with the tip information to 847411 (tip411).

Katie Smith

Katie Smith

Katie has reported on the crime and courts beat for the Northwest Herald since 2017. She began her career with Shaw Media in 2015 at the Daily Chronicle in DeKalb, where she reported on the courts, city council, the local school board, and business.

Sam Lounsberry

Sam Lounsberry

Sam Lounsberry covers local government, business, K-12 education and all other aspects of life in McHenry County, in particular in the communities of Woodstock, McHenry, Richmond, Spring Grove, Wonder Lake and Johnsburg.