Crystal Lake police investigate body found in vehicle

While the situation remains under investigation, police say there is no danger to the public.

Police are investigating the death of a woman whose body was discovered Sunday in a vehicle near Woodstock and Minnie streets in Crystal Lake.

The Crystal Lake Police Department and the Crystal Lake Fire Rescue Department responded at 12:04 a.m. Sunday to a report of an unconscious person in a vehicle, according to a news release Monday morning.

When officers arrived, police found the body of a woman they think to be about 25 years old, according to the release.

While the situation remains under investigation, police said in the release that there is no danger to the public.

Crystal Lake Fire Chief Paul DeRaedt on Monday referred questions surrounding the investigation to the Crystal Lake Police Department. The police department could not immediately be reached to clarify additional details, including the woman’s identity, which had not been released as of Monday afternoon.

Anyone with information about the investigation can contact the Crystal Lake Police Department at 815-356-3620 or send an anonymous tip by texting the word CLPD along with the information to 847411 (tip411), according to the release.

The investigation marks the third body that local police have announced discovering in the span of about one month.

Officers on June 24 discovered the body of 36-year-old Crystal Lake resident Megan Chamberlain in the Burton’s Bridge Beach area. At the time, the McHenry County Coroner’s Office determined that a Chamberlain’s preliminary cause of death was tied to a fatal gunshot wound that she suffered.

Crystal Lake police additionally are investigating the death of 34-year-old Crystal Lake man Jeremy Ochal, whose body was discovered on July 18 in the area of Oak Street south of Shipland Drive.

Officials have not released a preliminary cause of death for Ochal or indicated whether any of the three deaths are considered suspicious.

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.