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Suspect in Romeoville murder now in Madison County jail

No murder charge yet; investigation continues

Lathan Goumas -
Lathan Goumas - Romeoville

A suspect in the murder of a Rochelle woman, whose body was found in Romeoville Monday morning, is being held in the Madison County jail.

Illinois State Police in Madison County, near St. Louis, took the suspect into custody on a parole violation warrant, according to a news release from the Romeoville Police Department.

The unidentified suspect has not been charged with the murder of Jennifer L. Underhill, 42, of Rochelle.

Underhill was found dead in a grassy area adjacent to the parking lot of warehouse in the 1800 block of Normantown Road on the west side of the village.

The news release did not name the suspect.

Romeoville police originally responded at about 1:30 a.m. Monday for a semitrailer that had its windows broken out.

Officers met with the unidentified owner of the truck and learned the damage was the result of a domestic dispute.

Police believe the domestic dispute is connected to Underhill’s murder, Romeoville Police Cmdr. John Ferdinardo said.

The Will County Coroner’s Office said in a news release that a preliminary autopsy revealed Underhill died of multiple injuries due to blunt force trauma from an assault.

The Romeoville Police Department said in the news release Monday that while the killer remained at large, he or she did not pose threat to the public.

Anyone with information relating to Underhill’s death is asked to call police at 815-886-7219.

Anonymous tips also can be shared at 815-328-5205.

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