Saturday, October 25, 2014
You are here @ Elected Officials » Coroner » Press Releases
In This Section

Press Releases


PATRICK K. O'NEIL, Coroner of Will County, Illinois


February 4, 2014

 For Immediate Press Release

 Office of the Will County Coroner, Patrick O’Neil reporting the death of:

  • Elvis Dominguez-Mejia, a 22 year old, Joliet IL resident  who was pronounced deceased on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at Fitzpatrick Hall on the campus of Lewis University in Romeoville.  Final autopsy and toxicology reports are complete which reveal that Mr. Dominguez-Mejia died from Alcohol Intoxication.  A blood alcohol concentration was detected at a level of .437.  The rest of the toxicology report was negative and the manner of death was classified as an accident.




January 30, 2014

For Immediate Press Release:


Will County Coroner Patrick O’Neil received the forensic anthropology report on the human cranium that was found on Thursday, October 10, 2013.  Land surveyors discovered the human skull at the Manhattan Creek approximately 200 feet west of Rowell Avenue between Manhattan Road and Brown Road, Jackson Township, Will County.    The Will County Coroner and the Will County Sheriff recovered the unidentified skull at the above location and submitted it to a forensic anthropologist for analysis.  

The following is a summary of the findings:

The decedent is most likely a male, white, 30 years of age or older.  Although no teeth were recovered, an abscess on the right maxilla suggests the possibility of an oral infection.  Additionally, a healing fracture of the nasal bone is suggestive of a broken nose.  The interval between the time of death and the time of discovery could not be definitively determined other than the individual died at least one year prior to discovery.  Due to the limited amount of recovered skeletal remains, no other characteristics could be determined.   The cause and manner of death will remain undetermined at this time.

A portion of the skull was sent to the University of North Texas for DNA analysis.  If DNA is successfully extracted, the profile will be entered into CODIS and NamUS (National Missing and Unidentified Persons System). Both systems were created to assist in solving cases that involve unidentified human remains (


Anyone with information is asked to call the Will County Coroner’s Office at 815-727-8455 or the Will County Sheriff’s Police Investigations at 815-727-8574.




March 12, 2013


For Immediate Press Release


Updated:  4:30 p.m.



Will County Coroner Patrick O’Neil reports the deaths of:

  • Cody Carter, a 15 year old male, Wilmington, IL resident
  • Matthew J. Bailey, a 14 year old male, Wilmington, IL resident
  • Micalah E. Sembach, a 15 year old female, Wilmington, IL resident
  • Cheyenne Fender, a 17 year old female, Wilmington, IL resident

These four (4) teenagers were occupants in a 2001 Mitsubishi Eclipse passenger car registered to Cheyenne Fender.  The vehicle was recovered by the Wilmington Fire Department submerged under water off Ballou Road approximately ¼ mile west of Warner Bridge Road, Wesley Township.   All the occupants were pronounced deceased on Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at 9:43 a.m. at the scene.   The driver of the vehicle remains under investigation.  The Will County Sheriff’s Police are investigating the incident. 

            Preliminary autopsy findings for all four (4) victims is drowning.    The manner of death will be determined pending completed autopsy and toxicology reports and police investigation.     










Terms Of Use |  Privacy Statement |  Login    Copyright (c) 2014 Will County, Illinois  | Website by: Sprocket Websites, Inc.