UPDATE: Man was shot in chest

UPDATE: Man was shot in chest

4:17 p.m. update

The chief deputy of the Champaign County Sheriff's Office said investigators are still trying to determine where a man was shot before he was found in a field this week.

Champaign County Coroner Duane Northrup said preliminary autopsy results show that 21 year-old Deonta Rozier of Champaign died of a single gunshot wound to the chest. Further test results are pending.

Mr. Rozier was found in the 5900 block of North Lincoln Avenue at 10:45 a.m. Tuesday after a property owner spotted the body in the field between Leverett Road and Ford Harris Road.

Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Allen Jones said the only concrete information investigators have right now is that Mr. Rozier was found dead in that location. He said officials don't know how he got there, who he was with, or exactly what time the crime occurred.

Jones said he doesn't believe that there is any indication that this was a missing person case.

Anyone with information regarding Rozier's activities, whereabouts, or people he was with between 6 p.m. Monday and 10 a.m. Tuesday is asked to call the sheriff's office at 217-384-1213 or remain anonymous by calling Crimestoppers at 217-373-TIPS.

-Michael Kiser


2 p.m. update

Champaign County Coroner Duane Northrup said today that preliminary results from an autopsy performed on Deonta Andre Rozier revealed that the Champaign man died from a single gunshot wound to the chest.

Toxicology results are pending.

Chief Deputy Allen Jones of the Champaign County Sheriff's Office said anybody who has information about Mr. Rozier's whereabouts, activities and/or people he was with between 6 p.m. Jan. 2 and 10 a.m. Jan. 3 are asked to call sheriff's detectives at 217-384-1213 or call Champaign County Crime Stoppers at 217-373-8477.


URBANA — Champaign County Coroner Duane Northrup has identified a man found dead Tuesday morning in a field north of Urbana.

Northrup said that Deonta Andre Rozier, 21, of Champaign was pronounced dead at 12:30 p.m. at the scene.

Meanwhile, sheriff’s deputies and the coroner’s office think that Mr. Rozier was murdered.

“We are working it as a murder investigation,” said Chief Deputy Allen Jones of the Champaign County Sheriff’s Office.

“Detectives have reason to believe it’s a suspicious death, not a suicide and not natural causes,” said Jones, who declined to reveal why they think that.

Northrup also said the death is being investigated as a homicide at this time. He said more information would be released following an autopsy scheduled for 8:30 Wednesday morning.

Northrup said an inquest may be held at a later date.

Jones said the body of a black man was found in a plowed field at 10:45 a.m. on North Lincoln Avenue extended. Authorities estimated the address to be 5909 N. Lincoln Ave., which is south of Leverett Road and north of Ford-Harris Road. Jones said that is just east of the railroad tracks and between Interstate 57 and U.S. 45.

Jones said late Tuesday afternoon that the man still had not been identified.

He was fully clothed, appropriately for the weather, Jones said, and there was no obvious decomposition of the body. Jones said he did not have an estimated age for the man.

Jones said sheriff’s investigators were checking around with other police agencies to see if any of them had received reports of missing men.

By late afternoon, they had finished collecting evidence from the field.

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