Police search Glen Carbon property for 2nd day

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GLEN CARBON, IL (KTVI) – Authorities resumed their search of a Glen Carbon, Illinois, property Wednesday. The body of an elderly woman was found frozen there last weekend.

There wasn’t much going on until about 10:00am Wednesday, when law officers and others started showing up.

Among those on the scene are Illinois State Police crime scene investigators and the Gateway Search Dog group, a St. Louis-based organization that has dogs trained to help locate human remains.

Mary Kampwerth, 83, used to live in the home on this property. Her frozen body was found in the driveway on Saturday. Authorities believe she may have been there for several days.

Bommarito Automotive SkyFOX was over the scene Tuesday during the first day of searching. We captured a lot of heavy digging equipment and police around the home.

Tuesday, police appeared to be focusing on a pond behind the home.

Glen Carbon Police Chief John Lakin has not released many details about the search, only saying that it started after police received a recent tip.

Lakin explained, “In the last couple of days we've learned some information that indicates that there was possibly some criminal activity that occurred on that property. It has absolutely nothing to do with her death. You saw some heavy machinery out there that was used to clear areas out so we could walk through."

Authorities say Kampwerth’s death is not suspicious and she is not suspected of any wrongdoing.

Going into Wednesday, Lakin told us they had 90 percent of the property searched.


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