Coroner: Woodstock man found on abandoned property in Harvard; no foul play suspected

Jeffrey Carlton remembered as gifted student, athlete, 'friend to all'

Jeffrey T. Carlton, 29, of Woodstock, died Sunday in Harvard. Carlton had been reported missing Friday and was found on an abandoned property. Photo taken from DonorDrive.com.
Jeffrey T. Carlton, 29, of Woodstock, died Sunday in Harvard. Carlton had been reported missing Friday and was found on an abandoned property. Photo taken from DonorDrive.com.

WOODSTOCK – The McHenry County Coroner’s Office is investigating the death of a 29-year-old Woodstock man who was found on an abandoned property in Harvard.

Jeffrey T. Carlton, 29, of Woodstock, left his home Friday night and never returned, according to a news release from the coroner’s office. Police searched for Carlton on Saturday but were unable to find him.

The coroner’s office was called about 1 p.m. Sunday to the property of concrete and building material supplier Ozinga Bros. Inc., 20806 McGuire Road, Harvard, where Carlton’s body was found.

An autopsy was performed Monday afternoon, but the cause of death is pending toxicological testing, according to the release.

“No foul play is suspected at this time, “ McHenry County Coroner Anne Majewski said in a statement.

Harvard Police Chief Mark Krause said the death appeared to be an overdose.

“We don’t have anything that leads us to believe that we have anything beyond that,” Krause said Tuesday.

Anyone with information regarding Carlton’s death is asked to call the coroner’s office at 815-338-9392 or Harvard police at 815-943-4431.

A DonorDrive.com page attributed to the Carlton family was started to raise money for funding for the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation in Carlton’s memory. The foundation funds scientific research to understand and treat brain and behavior disorders, including everything from addiction to schizophrenia.

“What we hope everyone will realize is that mental illness is not mental weakness, although many often look at it that way,” the DonorDrive.com page said.

The family wants to remember Carlton as a “kind, funny, spirited guy,” a gifted student, an athlete and a “friend to all,” according to the page. He was diagnosed with schizophrenia in 2015, and the mental illness affected him greatly at times, the page said.

“He lost hope, deciding to end his disease in the only way he saw as an option,” the page said. “His death has brought incredible pain to his family and friends but we hope that in this time of incredible pain we can find ways for his disease and story to help others.”

The page had raised $1,730 – more than its initial $1,000 goal – as of Wednesday evening.

In Carlton’s obituary, he is described as loving to work out and be outdoors, reading, writing, music, drawing, acting and making funny videos. He was a Cubs fan who collected baseball cards, and graduated from McHenry East High School and the University of Iowa.

Funeral services will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Friday at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, 15012 St. Patrick Road, Hartland.

Carlton’s family could not be reached for comment.

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