by Dennis Sullivan
May 16, 2014
Will County Sheriff’s Police have made no arrests in the brutal murder of an 85-year-old Crete-area man found unresponsive in his home Wednesday.
Responding to questions from a freelance reporter for the Chicago Tribune Thursday afternoon outside the home on the 3200 block of Bemes Road, Will County Sheriff’s Sgt. Dan Jungles confirmed that an investigation was under way.
Standing near the more than a dozen responding fire, rescue and diver vehicles — mostly from south Cook County municipalities, Jungles said there was no search-and-rescue of the large pond on the 7-acre property.
He referred all other questions to the Sheriff’s Dept spokesman.
Neighbors gathered Thursday afternoon within view of the Hilton property and its large pond said investigators had been at the home since Wednesday evening.
The Sheriff’s Dept spokesman said 85-year-old Alfred L. Hilton, who lived alone at the residence, was apparently the victim of blunt-force trauma.
The Will County Coroner’s Office, which reportedly removed the body Wednesday evening, had not yet issued a press communication this morning.
The Sheriff’s Dept spokesman said the home appeared to have been ransacked.
The Sheriff’s Dept spokesman said Hilton’s body was discovered by a member of his church Wednesday who was concerned the octogenarian hadn’t appeared at an outreach activity Tuesday.
The Sheriff’s Dept spokesman described Hilton as fit and healthy.
The Sheriff’s Dept spokesman said dive crews had been called as a precautionary measure.
The Sheriff’s Dept spokesman acknowledged around 4:30 p.m. Thursday that the Tribune was the only news outlet to have the story and asked the reporter to withhold publication while investigators looked for two persons of interest. Tribune editors agreed to honor the request.
The Sheriff’s Dept spokesman’s comments appeared in a story carried in the Joliet Herald-News two hours later.
The Sheriff’s Dept spokesman is running for Will County Sheriff.
Original material copyright 2014 Eastern Will County News; all rights reserved.
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