ISLAND LAKE – Skeletal remains found in an Island Lake marshland have been identified as a Joliet man reported missing more than a year ago, according to authorities.
Kenneth J. Kile Jr. was reported missing by his roommate in July 2011, according to the Island Lake Police Department. He disappeared about six weeks before being reported missing.
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 large-scale search by several surrounding agencies. They 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 had previously searched for Kile but were unable to scour the entire area due to the swamp-like conditions, which usually includes 1 to 5 inches of standing water, Huedepohl said. The full-scale search earlier this month took place because the area was more accessible due to the drought.
Kile, 43, was known to disappear for weeks at a time, police said. He also had a history of drug use.
“It’s likely he went in, got stuck and was unable to get help,” Huedepohl said, adding that there were no signs of foul play.
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.