GLEN CARBON, Ill. – Police on Wednesday resumed searching the property of an 83-year-old elderly woman found dead in her driveway in Glen Carbon, Ill. But authorities say the new investigation is in no way connected to her death.
Glen Carbon Police, Illinois State Police and other crews swarmed the home of Mary Kampwerth, along Illinois Highway 159, days after her frozen body was found.
SkyZoom 4 cameras in Tuesday captured investigators launching a massive search of the backyard near a pond. Officers were seen using digging equipment to search for evidence.
Officials said they had received new information that criminal activity could have happened there and picked their investigation back up around 12 p.m. Wednesday. But police Wednesday afternoon said they could not find any evidence suggesting a crime was committed.
Police said the investigation remains open and is ongoing.
Authorities said on Tuesday it is pure coincidence the investigation is in Kampwerth’s backyard.
News 4 has learned Kamperth’s son, 52-year-old Steven Kampwerth, lived at home with his mother. Police say he is not a suspect in her death, but remains in custody at the St. Clair County Jail on battery charges stemming from a Jan. 3 incident. He has not been able to post $5,000 bond and the case is being investigated by the FBI.
Court documents say Steven Kampwerth intentionally caused bodily harm to a woman after striking her in the ribs with his knee. The female victim in the case told News 4 she was at the scene while police searched the Kampwerths’ backyard on Tuesday.
Police did not say whether Steven Kampwerth was the reason behind the search.