The body of a 50-year-old woman found in a channel in Fox Lake on Tuesday has now been identified as local resident Cheryl Skinner, according to Fox Lake Police Chief Jimmy Lee.
Skinner lived with her family in the 700 block of Kingston Drive in Fox Lake. Her body was found in a channel of water near her home on Tuesday afternoon by a few passing fishermen, Lee said.
Police received a call about the body at 12:14 p.m. on Tuesday and responded immediately, Lee said.
“She was last seen by her family the evening before,” Lee said. “Her husband got up early in the morning and left to go to work.”
The Lake County Coroner’s Office found water in Skinner’s lungs, which Lee said indicates that she drowned.
“They hadn’t seen any obvious signs of any trauma like if she got hit in the head or hit her head falling or tripping or anything,” Lee said. “So that’s interesting.”
Skinner’s death is still under investigation as detectives wait for the results of toxicology tests conducted by the coroner’s office, he said.
The official cause of death cannot yet be confirmed, but Lee said the channel of water was deep enough that her drowning could have just been a tragic accident.
“When the divers went in to get her out, they weren’t standing on the bottom...so it was deep,” Lee said.
“It sounds like a tragedy that happened and we’ll try our best to figure out why it happened,” he added.
Fox Lake detectives will be in the neighborhood conducting routine interviews with Skinner’s family and neighbors over the next few days, Lee said.
“The family was, of course, very upset and shocked,” Lee said. “There was a son there but he was asleep at the time.”
After speaking with the family, Lee said police learned that Skinner frequently took walks near the channel in the morning.
“She normally goes out and walks along the pier in the mornings so it’s not unusual that she would be out there,” Lee said.
Police will provide further information once an official cause of death is determined.