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GLEN CARBON, IL (KPLR) - Police in Glen Carbon, Illinois are looking for suspects in a home invasion early Monday morning.  It’s an attack that happened in a place familiar to officers.  The house was the center of a pair of high profile investigations in January after an elderly woman was found dead, buried in snow and ice in the driveway.

The attack Monday happened just after midnight.  Police say the victim relayed a story of suspects who he knew bursting inside.  He told officers and a friend who spoke by phone to FOX 2, that he recognized at least one of the men. He told officers they were looking for something which they claimed to have found, but no one is sure what, if anything was stolen.

The suspects were seen leaving in a dark colored van, possibly a Ford, and pulling on to Interstate 270.  The entrance ramp from 159 onto 270 is just yards from the driveway of the home.

The house made news last January.  First another resident there, Mary Kampwerth, 83, was found dead in the driveway.  She was buried in snow and ice and had likely been there for a few days.

Police ruled Kampwerth’s death an accident, but returned a few days later and began searching the property.  A pond was emptied during the investigation.  Officers never said specifically what they were looking for, only that they were acting on a tip about a possible crime not related to Kampwerth’s death.  Nothing was found.

Monday police said that, despite the unusual circumstances, they don’t believe any of the incidents are related.

“We’ve had incidents at the house in the past, as you know, but it doesn’t look like any of those incidents and this incident are connected other than by the location which is this residence,” Glen Carbon Police Chief Todd Link said.

The victim in the case would not comment, beyond showing us some of his cuts and bruises.  He asked us to contact a woman he identified as his minister, Julie Maupin.  Maupin confirmed the man has lived in the home through all of the turmoil of the last year, but would not comment on specifics.

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