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Ross set to appear in Nevada court

Accused of concealing homicide near McHenry; woman’s remains not yet identified

Published: Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013 12:00 a.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013 8:27 a.m. CDT
(Kyle Grillot – kgrillot@shawmedia.com)
Police from the McHenry County Sheriff's Department don protective masks and footwear before entering the house on the 500 block of Country Club Drive on Thursday near McHenry as they collect evidence. The owner of a home where the skeletal remains of a woman were found last week has been charged with concealing her death, according to the sheriff’s office.

The man accused of hiding a dead body inside a vacant home he owns near McHenry is scheduled to appear in a Nevada courtroom Tuesday morning.

William J. Ross, 62, of 518 N. Country Club Drive, remains at the Clark County Detention Center in Las Vegas on a felony charge of concealment of a homicidal death. He is awaiting extradition from Las Vegas to McHenry County.

The caretaker of the home in an unincorporated area of the county found skeletal remains in a bedroom of the residence Wednesday and informed the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies said the woman appeared to have been dead for quite some time.

The woman has yet to be identified due to the condition of the remains, according to the McHenry County Coroner’s Office. A criminal complaint filed in McHenry County Court late last week said Ross put the body in a plastic bag and sealed the room where her remains were found.

No one had been living in the home for more than a year and a half, Undersheriff Andrew Zinke said. The caretaker had maintained the exterior of the property for more than a year.

Ross later was identified by investigators as the homeowner through the use of telephone records, and it was determined that he was residing in the Las Vegas area.

A neighbor of Ross’ in McHenry told the Northwest Herald that he believed a woman had been living in the home for a couple of years, but he hadn’t seen her, nor Ross, in quite some time.

The U.S. Marshals Service and police in Las Vegas took Ross into custody Thursday.

Investigators from the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office traveled to Las Vegas to interview him, Zinke said. They have since returned.

Court records show that Ross was charged with domestic battery in August 2007, but the charges later were dropped. He again was charged with domestic battery in September of the same year.

That charge was amended from domestic battery to battery, and he received six months’ probation and was fined $523.

He is scheduled to appear in court in McHenry County on Nov. 21.

Bond has been set at $100,000.

• Reporters Jim Dallke and Shawn Shinneman contributed to this report.

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