Woman dead, man in custody in Tinley Park
BY STEVE METSCH firstname.lastname@example.org December 19, 2012 12:48PM
Police and investigators work at the scene of a death investigation at the intersection of Silverside Drive and Brookside Glen Drive Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012, in Tinley Park. | Matthew Grotto~Sun-Times Media
Updated: January 21, 2013 3:50PM
A 38-year-old Tinley Park woman described by neighbors as “friendly” and “a very good person” was found dead Wednesday afternoon beneath an evergreen tree in her neighbor’s yard, and a man was in custody in what Mayor Ed Zabrocki said may have been a domestic incident.
Police are investigating the death as a homicide, according to the Will County Coroner’s office, and an autopsy was scheduled for 9 a.m. Thursday. The coroner’s office did not identify the woman, of the 19700 block of Silverside Drive, pending notification of family.
Police said in a news release that “the incident does not pose a danger to the community.” A neighbor said four children lived in the home.
Tinley Park police got a call at 11:19 a.m. about a female in the front yard needing an ambulance, Police Chief Steve Neubauer said. When police arrived, they found the dead woman beneath an evergreen tree in a neighbor’s yard, near a basketball net and a pool of blood.
Neubauer said there were signs of “trauma on the body,” and that a man inside the nearby home was taken into custody and was being questioned. Neubauer would not say whether there was a weapon involved, nor whether the man and woman were related. It was not immediately clear how her body ended up on the neighboring property.
The woman was pronounced dead at 1:40 p.m., according to the coroner’s office.
Neighbor Tim Meade, on whose property the body was found, said Tinley Park police had been to the home before, but Neubauer said he had no record of previous police calls to the home.
Meade, who has lived next door to the dead woman since her family moved in at least six years ago, said four children and a grandmother also lived in the house.
His late neighbor, he said, “was a very good person.”
Because the body was found in their yard, the Meade family were not immediately allowed in their home. It was considered a crime scene and was cordoned off with bright yellow police tape.
A pool of blood was clearly visible on the grass behind the basketball net that stands on the side of Meade’s driveway.
Jayashree Rao, who lives a few doors down, said the woman who was killed was “friendly.”
“She had small kids, and that’s what has been bothering me all day,” Rao said.
Mike Ehlers, who lives across the street, said one of the children is in kindergarten.
“It’s kind of freaky,” Ehlers said of the death.
When news got out about a dead woman being found on his block, he began hearing from family and friends.
“I’m texting (back to them), ‘It’s not us,’ ” he said.
Khulod Shukair, who has three children and also lives in Brookside Glen, was shaken by the news.
“It’s quiet. That’s why we moved here (from Chicago). It’s safe for our kids,” she said.
Traffic on Brookside Glen Drive was diverted from the site for much of the day, blocked on one side by squad cars and on the other by a public works truck.