Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

Local News

June 23, 2010

Effingham man murdered at home

Police do not have a suspect in custody and are looking for any information that would help with the investigation.

EFFINGHAM — Effingham police are investigating a homicide that occurred Sunday evening and hoping area residents can give them information that will lead to the arrest of the person or persons responsible for the murder.

    According to a press release issued just after 4 p.m. Wednesday by the Effingham County state's attorney's office, an autopsy conducted Tuesday determined the death of Jack David Schmitt, 72, of Effingham to be a homicide.

    At this time, police have no suspects or persons of interest in custody, states the press release.

    Effingham County Coroner Leigh Hammer said late Wednesday afternoon a forensic pathologist was not available to conduct the autopsy until Tuesday, and therefore, the death ruling was not certain until that time.

    Schmitt was pronounced dead at his home in Shenandoah subdivision Sunday evening about 8:40 p.m.

    According to the press release, Schmitt's family members found him unresponsive at his home at 801 Shenandoah that evening and called police.

    Hammer would not elaborate on how or where at home Schmitt died. However, scanner traffic that evening indicated police were called to a home where a person was lying unresponsive and there were indications of the presence of blood.

    Hammer said she did not want to release how Schmitt died at this time because she did not want to impede the investigation.

    Police detectives were all out of the office conducting investigations just shortly before 5 p.m. Wednesday and could not be reached for comment.

    Effingham County State's Attorney Ed Deters said he could not comment further on the case at this time because he did not want to compromise the integrity of the investigation, but he did indicate more information should be released within the next day or two.

    According to the press release, the police investigation will include a canvass of Schmitt's neighborhood and crime scene investigation services will be utilized.

    Anyone with any information that could assist police in the investigation are asked to call Effingham Police Department at 217-347-0771.

    According to Deters, even the smallest item of information could be helpful in the investigation.

    It is unclear whether Schmitt, a self-employed insurance adjustor, lived alone.

    According to obituary information that ran in the Effingham Daily News Wednesday, Schmitt was a Korean War veteran and had five children.

    Donna Riley-Gordon can be reached at 217-347-7151 ext. 129 or donna.riley-gordon@effinghamdailynews.com.


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