Police Chief Mike Floore says someone was walking past the field around 7:00 a.m. and found the 52-year-old male victim dead in the lot.
Chief Floore said the man appeared to have been shot several times. One local family had reported a person missing so now police are trying to figure out if this is the murder victim.
Illinois State Police have been called in to help with the investigation. They are asking anyone who knows about the crime to call East St. Louis police immediately.
There is no motive or suspect at this time.