Frozen body may have been in field since November

Published: Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT

BOLINGBROOK – Police believe the frozen body found by a surveyor Tuesday morning is a man who walked away from a Bolingbrook hospital in November.

About 8:45 a.m., a surveyor conducting an environmental survey found a body lying in a field off the 1000 block of Windham Parkway – near the north frontage road of Interstate 55, Lt. Mike Rompa said.

A deputy Will County coroner removed the body, which Coroner Patrick K. O’Neil described as “frozen.”

Rompa said investigators believe it is the same man who discharged himself from Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital on Nov. 10 “against the medical staff’s advice.”

The man, who was being treated for a medical condition, left on foot, Rompa said.

Rompa said the man’s last known contact outside the hospital was with a Geneva resident, who later filed a missing persons report with that department.

O’Neil said an autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death once the body is able to thaw.

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