Community questions human remains as authorities investigate

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Skeletal human remains found just north of Mount Carmel, Illinois, have some people who live there spooked.

On Tuesday, a man mowing the grass on the side of a cornfield near the intersection of County Road 1500 and East 950 Road made a disturbing discovery.

“Called in and said that he thought he had found a, what he believed was a human skull,” Wabash County Sheriff Derek Morgan said.

On Thursday, the Wabash County Coroner confirmed the finding was indeed human remains, something people around Mount Carmel aren’t used to hearing about.

“Right, this is the first one that I’ve had to deal with,” Morgan said.

One woman we spoke in town called the finding disturbing.

“It never happens here. Like it’s a really quiet hometown. Everybody knows everybody. Nobody goes out and kills people,” Lacey Perillo said. “Nobody’s been drastically missing. Nobody’s been worried about, that I’ve heard of.”

The sheriff’s office hasn’t made any connections yet, as it is still in the early stages of the investigation.

“It’s hard to tell how long they’ve been there,” Morgan said. “We checked our records to see if we’ve had any missing persons, you know, within the last year or so that aren’t accounted for, and we haven’t been able to find anything…And you have to treat it as a crime scene, because you don’t know if it is or not… Hopefully, you know, we’ll fit in the pieces of the puzzle that we’re missing.”

Illinois State Police are assisting in broadening the search beyond Wabash County to hopefully answer the questions that remain about the remains.

“It concerns me,” Perillo said. “Who is it? And who did it?”

An autopsy is scheduled for Friday at the coroner’s office.

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(This story was originally published October 25, 2017)

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