Police recover ‘significant’ new evidence in hunt for killers of a northern Illinois police officer

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Investigators revealed Friday they found “significant” new evidence in a wooded, marshy area where a northern Illinois police officer was gunned down during a pursuit of three suspicious men.

The discovery came after investigators used weed trimmers and machetes to clear the spot where Fox Lake Lt. Joe Gliniewicz, 52, was found shot to death Tuesday and then searched the ground on their hands and knees,MyFoxChicago reported.  

“We did recover a significant piece of evidence,” George Filenko, Commander of the Lake County Major Crimes Task Force, told reporters, according to the station. “I know your next question is going to be what is it? I’m not at liberty to tell you.”

The recovered evidence could be very crucial to the case if and when it gets to the point of prosecution, the station reported, adding that investigators seemed encouraged, if not excited, about what was found.

The station said the search of the crime scene was being conducted in a painstaking manner.

“They’ve basically gotten it down to almost bare earth. They’re on their hands and knees literally today doing grid to grid searches,” Filenko said.

Earlier in the week investigators sent to the crime lab DNA evidence that they hope could lead to the killers.

MyFoxChicago also reported Friday that police obtained videos from homes and businesses that show the three suspects, described only as two white men and one black man, before and after Gliniewicz was murdered.

On Thursday police said a homeowner gave them video of the three men. The new videos could provide more clues, the station said.

The videos were turned over to the FBI which is compiling a timeline of the suspects movements, Filenko said.

The investigators believe the three suspects are probably still in the Fox Lake area, 45 miles north of Chicago.

“We are expecting a high volume of people out on the chain of lakes with it being a holiday weekend and there is no cause for concern for the people coming into town. There’s no cause for concern for the residents within the town,” said Detecive Chris Covelli with the Lake County Sheriff’s Department.

A local company Motorola Solutions has announced a $50,000 reward for help in finding the killers.

Gliniewicz, a 30-year police veteran who was planning to retire at the end of the month, contacted dispatchers about the three suspicious men run and requested a second unit. Dispatchers soon lost contact with him, and backup officers found him about 50 yards from his squad car with a gunshot wound. He died soon after.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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11 thoughts on “Police recover ‘significant’ new evidence in hunt for killers of a northern Illinois police officer

  1. Oh man, they are excited. Cant say why,,, but golly they are all dry humping each other and local business are sponsoring the orgy.


    They must have found a new revenue stream. They where all out there on their hands and knees. Worshiping no doubt.

    I think its time to roast a baby or two. So long as the masons aint put their d&cks in them yet.

  2. “I know your next question is going to be what is it? I’m not at liberty to tell you.”

    Because it would make them look bad.

    What they actually found in that marsh was a previously undiscovered new species of leech that they’ve already confirmed through DNA testing to be EXTREMELY closely related to all the pigs in this country. They’ve even come up with a name for it.

    The Hookedbeak Jewleech.

  3. Actually, I thought from the title that maybe they had discovered that one of the two they said were white turned out to be black instead.

    That way it would conform to the pigs’ BlackLivesMatter is responsible for the pig killings ‘theory’.

  4. The evidence, if there was any, was probable dropped by the coproaches the day before. The chief said, “Go fetch.”

  5. Wow wait a minute, is it not racist to say the suspects were two white and a black? They should just say two white and one not appearing to be white- might hurt someones feelings otherwise!! Shame on them!

  6. Maybe it was an empty Colt 45 can… no, wait…it was just a mercury dime.

    I am on the edge of my seat, I cannot wait to read about their latest fantasy!

  7. I live close to the area of fox lake this officer was due to retire 30 days prior but was talked into staying on for 30 day longer hmmmmm. This is what they were able to get away with. Kicking in doors without warrants ,full military dress pointing guns at people,full on service cams every where, snipers on top of homes and water towers. Violent crimes around here are slim to none and I wonder if this was actually a good cop that had to go and I don’t mean retire.

    1. “… I wonder if this was actually a good cop…”

      Stop wondering.

      If he was a pig long enough to be able to retire, he was up to his eyeballs in dirty sh#t.

      More likely they whacked him because the retirement fund disappeared.

      1. The cop in question lived in the same nieborhood as my daughter’s best friend and was highly respected! he was actually a good cop and even better person. Don’t get me wrong i hate everything these scumbags are doing and I think this stinks of murder and not by who thay said it was.

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