Police: No evidence of criminal activity found on Glen Carbon property

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GLEN CARBON, IL (KTVI) –Glen Carbon police say they have found no evidence of a crime on the property of a dead elderly woman that they searched Tuesday and Wednesday.  But despite the lack of results, they say their investigation, whatever it is, is still open.

The property, on Illinois Highway 159, belonged to 83-year-old Mary Kampwerth.  Kampwerth was found dead in her driveway Saturday in what the coroner called “a frozen state.”  She appeared to have been there for about four days.

Police say Kampwerth’s death had nothing to do with their investigation.  They say they received information of a possible crime after her body was found, and they were obliged to follow up on it.

That follow up included heavy equipment, cadaver dogs, and the draining of part of a pond on the back of the property.  But there was no specific crime they were investigating.

“Absolutely not,” Glen Carbon Police Chief John Lakin told reporters.  “There was information that we received that the possibility existed of criminal activity on that property.  Like I said, as of this time at 4:00 today we have found no evidence of any criminal activity.”

Lakin confirms that Kampwerth had at least one son living with her, and that he had had run ins with the law.  But he would not comment on whether or not Steven Kampwerth was a subject they were looking into.

We asked him specifically about the cadaver dogs, and if there was a missing person they were looking for.

“Not that we’re aware of,” Lakin said.  When we do an extensive search we want to make sure when we’re told that there is criminal activity we want to make sure that we don’t miss anything.  There were dogs out there but there were also dogs out there that can search for articles…things other than bodies.”

Lakin says the search of the Kampwerth property is over.  But he will not declare the investigation closed, whatever that investigation is.

That leaves the mystery in place in Glen Carbon, Illinois.


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