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Police: Skeletal remains found in Hampshire

Published: Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012 5:30 a.m. CDT • Updated: Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012 7:58 a.m. CDT

HAMPSHIRE – The skeletal remains of what Kane County Sheriff’s deputies suspect is the body of a Hampshire women who went missing in May were discovered Friday morning.

Kathleen S. Wilk, 52, of Hampshire, was last seen May 6 near the Lakewood Crossings subdivision where she lived, according to a news release from the Kane County Sheriff’s Office.

Hampshire police were searching the heavily wooded area behind the Lakewood Crossings subdivision Friday morning when they found the remains and clothing three houses down from Wilk’s home, Kane County Sheriff’s Lt. Pat Gengler said.

County officials have taken over the death investigation.

Police were unable to readily identify the remains as being Wilk’s, but the location was “definitely pointing us in that direction,” Gengler said.

A pathologist with the Kane County Coroner’s Office will compare dental records. The pathologist is out of the office until Monday because of the holiday.

There are no other people missing from that part of Kane County, Gengler said, although the area is near McHenry and DeKalb counties.

A cause of death also was not identified, according to the release.

Wilk had attempted suicide at least once before, Gengler said, and a note was found in her home when she initially was reported missing.

Searches involving emergency management volunteers, police, firefighters, search dogs and an Illinois State Police airplane were conducted shortly after Wilk’s disappearance in May, according to a May report by the Elgin Courier News.

The wooded area in which she was found, however, was “really, really overgrown with a lot of underbrush,” Gengler said. It usually thins out in the fall, which is why police conducted another search.

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