WEST CHICAGO – The victim of a single-vehicle crash discovered Sept. 19 in West Chicago has been identified as an Arlington Heights senior reported missing Aug. 22, according to the DuPage County Coroner's Office.
An autopsy performed Sept. 20 determined the victim to be 84-year-old Eugene Jonsson, officials said. However, the cause of death remains under investigation and could take two to three weeks to identify.
A dark gray Buick sedan registered to Jonsson was found near Illinois Route 59 and Hawthorne Lane by a landscaper, who then flagged down a West Chicago police officer to report the crash at 4:49 p.m. Sept. 19, according to a city news release.
The vehicle was located about 50 feet from the roadway in a deep ravine. A partially decomposed body was found next to it, according to the release.
The initial investigation seems to indicate the driver left the roadway while heading north on Route 59, north of Hawthorne Lane, the release said. The car then hit several bushes, underbrush and trees before coming to rest against a tree, according to the release.
Northbound lanes on Route 59 were closed for about 90 minutes while police investigated the scene, the release said.
West Chicago police were assisted at the scene by the DuPage County Sheriff’s Forensic Investigation Unit and the DuPage County Coroner, according to the release.