Vermilion County Sheriff's Police and the County Coroner's Office are investigating the deaths of two people in the parking lot of an Oakwood truck stop. Coroner Peggy Johnson says a male and a female were pronounced dead at the Pilot Truck Stop Wednesday night.
Johnson reports "it appears to be the result of a murder/suicide.'' The case is an ongoing investigation.
The identities of the victims have not been released.
Livingston County Coroner Michael Burke said the body found Tuesday in a Pontiac park is that of Lou Lowery. The Pontiac man was reporting missing in December. The body was discovered by a man practicing baseball in Jaycee Park.
The coroner said dental records were used to identify the body. The cause of death is pending.
Lowery's family reported him missing December 26.
Search and rescue teams conducted an extensive search of the area in December without results. Foul play was not suspected.
Kinzinger, Shimkus address Ford County Republicans
America needs to find its mission again. And Republicans need to re-define their purpose.
That's part of the message Illinois Congressman Adam Kinzinger delivered Tuesday evening to Ford County attendees at the Lincoln Day Dinner. Kinzinger shared the spotlight with Congressman John Shimkus as keynote speakers.
Kinzinger said America needs to lead by example..."America has to be a leader, be an example for the world; not to take over, but lead how things should be done," the 16th district congressman said. "That's the idea of the shining city on the hill."
Kinzinger said "we have to understand our mission. The mission is not to be comfortable, but to lead and be an example and be comfortable in the process."
Kinzinger also said he has concerns about the GOP party fighting and dividing. He said, depending on who the front-runner is, we have to unite.
Illinois Congressman Adam Kinzinger visited Iroquois Memorial Hospital in Watseka to congratulate IMH CEO Chuck Bohlmann on providing healthcare to the area for 100 years.
Kinzinger said, "I understand the importance of rural healthcare to the residents of the 16th district. Hospitals like Iroquois Memorial, as well as other rural hospitals across my district and the state, help maintain the quality of life for people throughout rural Illinois."
Kinzinger's roots run deep across Illinois. He has local ties to Watseka. He was born in Kankakee, grew up in Bloomington, and now resides in Channahon. He said his parents instilled in him and his two siblings the importance of hard work and responsiveness through public service.
An apparent drowning Tuesday in the North Fork River near Ellsworth Park in Danville is under investigation by Danville Police and the Vermilion County Coroner. Efforts continued last night to identify the victim.
Two men who were in the park around 3 pm saw a woman near the river. A short time later the woman was flailing in the water. The men called 9-1-1 but efforts to save the woman were unsuccessful. She was pronouncded dead at an area hospital.