Police ID decomposed body discovered in Collinsville

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by KMOV.com staff

KMOV.com

Posted on April 24, 2012 at 11:50 AM

Updated Thursday, Dec 5 at 3:57 PM

COLLINSVILLE, Illinois (KMOV.com) -- The Major Case Squad is investigating a decomposed body discovered behind a trailer home in Collinsville on Monday.

Police have identified the body as 55-year-old Russell Miller who lived in the 900 block of St. Clair Court.

A neighbor told News 4’s Russell Kinsaul that she smelled a foul odor last weekend outside the trailer home where the man lived, but his roommate told her the smell came from some trash cans. It turns out the smell came from a decomposing body that may have been outside in the backyard for weeks.

Neighbors described Miller as a friendly day laborer who had lived in the neighborhood for eight to 10 years. A supervisor at the company where he had been working reported him missing. Neighbors say he discovered the body when he came to check on the man.

Major Case Squad detectives are still conducting interviews and waiting on the results of forensic testing. They are expected to release new information soon.

 
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