MARION – A death investigation is underway in Marion after a dead body was found lying in a wooded area on Longstreet Road east of Illinois 37 early Monday morning.
According to a press release from the Marion Police Department, Marion Police officers and Illinois State Police responded to a disturbance call at a local hotel that is not being named at this time. Amid the investigation, two persons of interest fled the scene in a vehicle which Marion Police attempted to catch up to. Before Marion Police could attempt to make a traffic stop on the vehicle, the vehicle lost control and crashed on Longstreet Road, east of Illinois 37. The occupants of the vehicle fled on foot into a wooded area.
Marion Police along with the Herrin Police Department used a K-9 to track through the woods. The K-9 led officers to the body of a dead white man lying in the woods. The investigation into the deceased body is being handled by ISP. A name is not being released until family members are notified.