Wednesday, August 10, 2005
PEORIA – The body of a man found hanged inside a barn along the Illinois River was identified Tuesday as that of a Peoria Heights man reported missing in January.
Peoria County Coroner Johnna Ingersoll said William “Bill” Oakes was identified from personal belongings, including an ID card, which was found with the body.
Oakes, 54, a resident of Forest Park Apartments in Peoria Heighs, was reported missing by a family member in January.
Ingersoll said foul play doesn’t appear to have played a role in Oakes’ death. Inside his apartment, police found handwritten notes indicating the man may have been contemplating suicide.
Ingersoll said it is not known how long Oakes was inside the barn before his discovery on Monday.
The boarded-up barn where the body was found is about a half-mile south of San Koty Lane, a gravel road leading east off Galena Road. It is located about a mile northeast of Oakes’ apartment.