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Woman's death considered 'suspicious,' while husband is held in county jail

Published: Thursday, July 10, 2014 6:12 p.m. CST • Updated: Friday, July 11, 2014 10:50 a.m. CST
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Kathleen M. King was found dead on train tracks south of her home at 817 Oak St., Geneva, on Sunday. Her husband, Shadwick R. King, was being held in the Kane County Jail as of Thursday afternoon but had not been charged, records show.
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Geneva police responded to a report of a woman lying on the Union Pacific Railway tracks Sunday, south of Esping Park, 227 Briar Lane, Geneva, states a press release. A Metra conductor observed a white female – Kathleen M. King – lying on Track No. 2, the southernmost set of tracks. "It should be noted, the referenced Metra train was traveling on Track No. 1," the release states.
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The house at 817 Oak St., Geneva, where Kathleen M. King lived with her husband, Shadwick R. King, is seen. Kathleen King was found dead on train tracks in Geneva on Sunday, and her husband was being held in the Kane County Jail as of Thursday afternoon but had not been charged, records show.

GENEVA – The death of a woman found on the train tracks Sunday in Geneva is being considered suspicious, police said. Her husband was being held in the Kane County Jail as late as Thursday afternoon but had not been charged, according to records and police.

Shadwick R. King, husband of Kathleen M. King, 32, of the 800 block of Oak Street in Geneva, has been held in jail since 9:07 p.m. Tuesday according to jail records.

"Because of not having a confirmed cause of death, we are considering it suspicious in nature," Geneva Police Cmdr. Julie Nash said. "We are working with Kane County Major Crimes Task Force. We asked for assistance because we don't have the resources."

The major crimes task force is made up of officers from all departments in the county.

Nash said there is no reason for the community to be concerned about its safety, with regard to Kathleen King's death.

"If we thought there was a public safety issue, we would be addressing that, obviously," Nash said. Nash said King has not been arrested by Geneva police.

"He has not been charged; we did not arrest him," Nash said early Thursday afternoon. "We are waiting for a confirmed cause of death and looking into all areas. We are looking at all possibilities. I am not going to comment on an ongoing investigation."

The Kane County State's Attorney's Office would not respond to questions about Shadwick King being held in the jail, nor about any charges that might be pending against him.

A person may be held in custody 72 hours before being charged.

Kane County Coroner Rob Russell said Kathleen King was not hit by a train, and there was no obvious trauma that might have caused her death.

Russell said the autopsy showed she did not die of a heart attack or stroke.

"There was no natural form of death that we could see," Russell said. "We are waiting on toxicology for the cause of death."

Russell said when Kathleen King was found at 6:50 a.m. Sunday, she had been dead a few hours. He said she looked like she was wearing running clothes.

Kathleen and Shadwick King bought the house in the 800 block of Oak Street in Geneva in 2007, records show. The house went into foreclosure in 2011, but the action was dismissed and refiled in 2012. The foreclosure was scheduled to be in court later this month, records show.

Neighbors to the King family said police interviewed them and served a search warrant on the house, removing a pet hamster and gold fish. A dog also was removed from the house and was relocated at a neighbor's house, a neighbor said. Neighbors also said the Kings' young sons are now staying with grandparents.

Kim Lundsmann, who lives one street over, said her sons used to play at the Kings' house. She and other neighbors said Kathleen had said she just finished basic training in the U.S. Army and that she was finishing a master's degree – but none had information as to what school she attended or what the degree was in.

An Army spokesman was unable to immediately confirm Thursday that King was in basic training. Lundsmann said the Kings were very welcoming.

"He said to me, 'Your boys are welcome here any time,' " Lundsmann said. "He was very friendly, funny, sociable …. He was redoing his house. He was showing me the new fireplace, the new wooden floors he put down and he was very happy."

Neighbors said when police served a search warrant on the house, they pulled up the floorboards. The Kings' house had bikes and scooters piled up in the driveway Thursday afternoon. Three wooden doors were stacked against the side of the house. A white bowl of milk and cereal with a spoon still in it was abandoned on the hood of a white Ford Taurus in the driveway.

Other neighbors on Oak, Ronald and Marge Maier, said they used to see the Kings' children playing outside all the time and saw Shadwick King working on projects in his garage. The Maiers said it seemed he worked as an upholsterer.

"They had very well-behaved kids," Ron Maier said. "One of their balls got loose in my yard, and I threw it back to them."

Kathleen King worked at the Savers store in Carol Stream at the time of her death, said Emily Aranda, store manager of the St. Charles Savers.

King helped open the St. Charles store in summer 2012 after being trained at another store when she was first hired, Aranda said. She said she was extremely saddened about King's death.

“Kate was a good friend of mine,” Aranda said. “She was a wonderful, wonderful person. She was very pleasant to have in our building. She was always happy, always smiling; she will definitely be missed."

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