Maquon body found: DNA match to identify the body will take days, police say

Tom Martin
Galesburg Register-Mail
Police are still trying to match the DNA of human remains of a body found in a storage unit in Maquon Friday.

MAQUON — It will be days before police can identify the body found in a storage unit in Maquon Friday night.

Knox County Sergeant Brad Davis they are still trying to match up DNA and it will take days to do that. The police are trying to use DNA from family members of the victim. There have been no arrests in the case.

A news release Saturday said the owner of the storage unit was detained and later taken to St. Mary Medical Center in Galesburg for medical reasons. Due to medical reasons, no charges have been filed at this time, the release said.

"I am waiting on an official identification before I can release any names," Knox County Sergeant Brad Davis confirmed Monday in an email. 

Davis confirmed Tuesday morning that no arrests have been made, pending the results of the investigation.

There's no indication yet how long the body had been decomposed in the storage unit, only that no identification was immediately possible due to the condition of the body. The remains were discovered Friday night after Knox County Sheriff's deputies responded to a complaint about a smell coming from the facility.

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Upon arriving at the storage unit at 6 p.m. Friday, deputies spoke with the storage facility manager at Roberts Self Storage and the person who had the particular storage unit from which the smell was coming. The person who used the unit said the smell was coming from an opossum that had died in the unit.

When the person was asked to open a large box within the unit, the owner advised police there was a body in the box.

The number 29 storage unit at Roberts Self-Storage in Maquon is believed to where Knox County Sheriff's deputies found human remains Friday.

Illinois State Police Crime Scene investigations were called to the scene. After a search warrant was obtained, the unit was entered and the box opened. Inside the box was decomposed human remains. Identification was not able to be made on the scene due to the condition of the body.

The person answering a Register-Mail call to Roberts Self Storage facility Saturday would not identify herself and said she didn't want to make a comment. Brett Roberts is listed as the owner of the storage facility.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

Register-Mail reporter Samuel Lisec contributed to this story.