Coroner tentatively identifies man whose body was found in Champaign

Coroner tentatively identifies man whose body was found in Champaign

A man whose decomposed body was found in a home in Champaign on Wednesday has been tentatively identified and probably died of natural causes.

Police on Wednesday were called to a house in the 400 block of West Eureka Street after the brother of the deceased man reported the death.  The man said that his brother was developmentally disabled.

On Thursday, Champaign County Coroner Duane Northrup said the man who died is believed to be Donald Allen, 47, who lived in the home on Eureka Street. Northrup said in a release that an autopsy could not determine a definite cause of death because of the decomposition, but that no evidence of trauma was detected. The man's body was discovered lying on a bed in the home, "and this death is believed to be from natural causes at this time." 

Northrup and police believe the death occurred some time ago. Northrup said "The person appears to have been dead for a considerable length of time, possibly since last August."

Northrup said DNA testing will be used to confirm the identity.

Champaign Police Sgt. Dennis Baltzell said the department is looking into the cause of death and why it took so long for the death to be reported.

Baltzell added that there are no evident signs of foul play, but with skeletal remains it's tough to tell that sort of thing.  He said the man who reported the death was questioned, but he's not facing charges at this time.

Anyone with information  about this case is asked to call Champaign Police at 351-4545 or remain anonymous by calling Crimestoppers at 373-TIPS.

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