ISLAND LAKE – Skeletal remains found in an Island Lake marshland have been identified as a Joliet man reported missing more than a year ago, authorities said.
Kenneth J. Kile Jr.’s roommate reported him missing in July 2011 – about six weeks after Kile disappeared, according to the Island Lake Police Department.
The Gulf War veteran was last seen entering a wooded area near Route 176 and Lakeview Drive in the Cotton Creek Marsh Nature Preserve. His remains were found Nov. 3 during a search by several agencies. The remains were identified Nov. 9 through dental and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs records.
“Finding the body has brought closure to the family,” Island Lake police Detective Barry Huedepohl said. “At no point did we give up on this case.”
Authorities previously had searched for Kile but were unable to scour the entire area because of the swamp-like conditions, which usually include 1 to 5 inches of standing water, Huedepohl said. The search earlier this month was launched because the area was more accessible in the wake of the summer drought.
Kile, 43, was known to disappear for weeks at a time and had a history of drug use, police said.
“It’s likely he went in, got stuck and was unable to get help,” Huedepohl said. There were no signs of foul play, he said.
Officers from DuPage, Kane, LaSalle, Lake and McHenry counties, as well as Naperville, Plainfield, Wauconda and the Midwest K-9 Emergency Response Team, assisted with the search.