Earthly body located; Edward Stahl 89 - Midlothian, Illinois
An elderly Midlothian resident who had been missing since November was found dead this month in a pile of tree branches at an Oak Forest park, authorities said.
An Oak Forest Park District employee was spraying for weeds Oct. 10 along a small creek next to a playground at the park in the 15500 block of Waverly Avenue and saw what appeared to be two human legs sticking out from a bundle of tree branches, according to police.
Edwin Stahl, of the 15000 block of Harding Avenue, died of unknown causes. An autopsy was inconclusive, pending further studies, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office.
It said the remains were largely skeletonized, which made it difficult for authorities to immediately identify the body, which was discovered about 11/2 miles from his home.
Family members could not immediately be reached for comment..
Stahl, a World War II veteran, last was seen Nov. 16, two days shy of his 89th birthday, vanishing after being discharged from Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn.