Second body found along Interstate 64 in Illinois

2012-10-10T14:00:00Z 2012-10-11T15:58:32Z Second body found along Interstate 64 in IllinoisBy Marlon A. Walker mwalker@post-dispatch.com 314-340-8104 stltoday.com

NASHVILLE, Ill.   •   Two bodies have been discovered dumped along a stretch of Interstate 64 near here in recent weeks -- one a murder and the other at least a suspicious death -- Washington County Coroner Mark Styninger said Wednesday.

Officials would not say whether they think the cases are connected.

Styninger said his office is working with the Washington County Sheriff's Department and the Illinois State Police to investigate the death of an unidentified victim found by state workers Tuesday in Okawville Township.

The coroner said that while foul play is suspected, an autopsy Wednesday morning did not determine a cause of death. He did not offer details about the body, except to say it was of a human.

He said a body found Sept. 23 along Interstate 64 has been identified as Kelvin Swingler, 29, who was reported missing from St. Louis more than two months ago. That case is classified as a homicide.

St. Louis Police said Swingler, of the Penrose neighborhood, was reported missing Aug. 25 by his mother. He had been dropped off near Margaretta and Cora avenues by an ex-girlfriend between 12:30 and 1:30 a.m. His mother told police he never came home.

Swingler had been shot three times in the head before his body was dumped along the Illinois highway, police said.

The same day Swingler was reported missing, his ex-girlfriend's green 2002 Chevrolet Impala was reported stolen. Police did not say whether the car had been recovered.

Marlon A. Walker covers Illinois general news for Stltoday.com and The St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Follow him on Twitter at @marlonawalker.

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