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McHenry man charged with murder

Published: Thursday, July 24, 2014 4:40 p.m. CDT
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William J. Ross, 62, was charged in November with concealing a homicide after a caretaker discovered skeletal remains in a sealed room of his home in unincorporated McHenry.

A McHenry man who was previously charged with concealing a homicide, was charged Wednesday with murder of the woman found in his home, the McHenry County Sheriff's police said.

William J. Ross, 62, was charged with concealing a homicide after a maintenance worker in November found skeletal remains of Jacqueline R. Schaefer in a sealed room inside of Ross' home outside McHenry.

Ross now faces a murder charge after the sheriff's office and the Illinois State Police Crime Lab identified additional evidence, according to a news release. The sheriff's office would not specify what the new evidence was.

Ross was free on $10,000 bond, before he was taken into custody on Thursday on the 600 block of Country Club Road. He now is being held in the McHenry County Jail on a $5 million bond.

The sheriff's office said it does not anticipate any additional charges.

On Nov. 6, the skeletal remains of the 49-year-old Schaefer were found inside a plastic bag in the sealed bedroom. Police needed to use DNA analysis to identify Schaefer.

The home sat vacant for more than a year and a half.

After Ross was charged with concealment of the homicide, he was extradited in February from Las Vegas, where he resided at the time.

Ross twice was charged with domestic battery stemming from incidents involving Schaefer.

The first, in August 2007, was later dropped, and a second from September of that year was amended to misdemeanor battery for which he received six months of probation, ordered to attend DUI school and to pay a $523 fine.

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