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Man found frozen near hospital identified

Published: Friday, Jan. 17, 2014 5:35 p.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014 3:10 a.m. CDT

BOLINGBROOK – The frozen body found in a field Tuesday has been identified as a Geneva man who walked away from a nearby hospital in November.

Tattoos and a medical band confirmed the identity of Jeffrey Talley, 50, shortly before an autopsy was performed Friday by the Will County Coroner's office.

About 8:45 a.m. Tuesday a surveyor conducting an environmental survey found a body laying in a field off the 1000 block of Windham Parkway – near the north frontage road of Interstate 55, police said.

Lt. Mike Rompa said Talley discharged himself from Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital on Nov. 10 "against the medical staff's advice" and walked away on foot. Talley's last known contact outside the hospital was with a Geneva resident who later reported him missing to police.

Rompa said Talley's death does not appear to be the result of foul play but the police investigation would remain open until the coroner's tests were completed.

Talley's body was taken to the morgue where it would alternate between a refrigerated unit and room temperature in four-hour intervals over the next few days to safely defrost, Will County Coroner Patrick K. O'Neil said.

Friday's autopsy showed some "cold exposure" but toxicology and other tests would be needed to determine the cause of his death, according to the coroner's office. 

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