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No arrests, but suspect in custody in Island Lake suspicious death

Published: Wednesday, June 4, 2014 1:24 p.m. CDT
(Kyle Grillot -
The house on Dartmouth Drive during the investigation of a "suspicious death" of an Island Lake woman Tuesday, June 3, 2014 in Island Lake. A forensic autopsy performed Tuesday afternoon suggests that her death was caused by blunt force trauma, the release said.

ISLAND LAKE – Authorities have made no arrests but have an unnamed suspect in custody in connection with the death Monday of an Island Lake woman.

Karen M. Scavelli, 48, of Island Lake, was found dead after police were called to her 735 Dartmouth Drive home to check on her well being, specifically for a report of "suspicious circumstances."

An autopsy revealed that the woman died from blunt force trauma. Her death was "clearly unnatural and traumatic," McHenry County Coroner Dr. Anne Majewski said Wednesday.

Majewski, and other authorities including those from the sheriff's office, state's attorney's office and Island Lake Police were keeping their cards close to the vest Wednesday, saying only that the investigation is sensitive and ongoing.

The suspect was taken into custody after a car crash Tuesday morning. He allegedly gave police chase, lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a Mundelein home. He was taken to the hospital for injuries that were not life threatening.

Island Lake Police has said that a family member reported that same vehicle missing from Scavelli's driveway.

Neighbors along Dartmouth Drive have said they saw Scavelli talking to a man outside her home Monday night, but that nothing appeared out of the ordinary.

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