Husband charged with hammer homicide
Ten days after a heated argument turned deadly, Romeoville police discovered the body of a 66-year-old woman hidden in the home that she shared with her husband.
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#1 Jul 27, 2010
where did this happen at? does any one know anymore about it? that poor lady, wow what a shame. I am sorry for the family.
#2 Jul 27, 2010
See the breaking news headlines of Chicago Tribune for further details....
#3 Jul 27, 2010
Thank you for your kind thoughts for our family in this very difficult time.
#4 Jul 27, 2010
It happened in Grand Haven ~~ retirement community ~~ off of Renwick Road.
#5 Jul 27, 2010
Grand Haven right next to my moms house
#6 Jul 27, 2010
SO sad for the family! Our thoughts and prayers are with you!
#7 Jul 28, 2010
Man bludgeoned wife, kept body 10 days
July 28, 2010
By BRIAN STANLEY [email protected]
ROMEOVILLE -- Authorities say a man kept his wife's body in their house for 10 days after killing her during an argument.
The remains were discovered Monday night after the couple's daughter asked police to check on the woman's well-being.
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John Sadler has been accused of killing his wife, Carol, at their home at 1619 Benzie Circle in Romeoville's Grand Haven community for people 55 and older.
(Michael R. Schmidt/Staff Photographer)
Assistant Chief Steve Lucchesi said police were called around 11 a.m. by Caroline Kerzee, daughter of John and Carol Sadler, of 1619 Benzie Circle.
"Caroline reported she had not heard from her 66-year-old mother since July 13 and requested that we do a check on her well being," he said. "Officers spoke with John J. Sadler, 67, who said his wife was in Michigan and was expected back at 3 p.m."
Kerzee called police again at 5 p.m. and said she still had not been able to contact her mother, leading officers to return to the Sadlers' residence within a gated community.
"Mr. Sadler was now reporting his wife was not due back from Michigan until Tuesday," Lucchesi said. "While speaking with Mr. Sadler, officers could smell an odor of decay coming from inside the house, however Mr. Sadler refused to let officers search the residence for his wife."
Police notified the Will County State's Attorney's Office and obtained a search warrant for the Sadler residence. A DuPage County Sheriff's deputy and cadaver dog were called to the house. The canine reportedly alerted that human remains were inside.
"When this was mentioned to Mr. Sadler, he responded that his wife was dead and her body was inside," Lucchesi said. "Her body was on the floor behind the front door, hidden so as not to be visible."
John Sadler was arrested and questioned at the police department. He allegedly said he and his wife were having an argument 10 days ago when he struck her on the head with a hammer.
Lucchesi said investigators seized a hammer during the search.
An autopsy was scheduled for 11 a.m. today. Initial reports from the Will County Coroner's Office agree Carol E. Sadler had been dead for several days before her body was found.
John Sadler, a certified public accountant, was booked into the county jail on one count of first-degree murder.
Lucchesi said police had not had any reports of domestic violence regarding the Sadlers. Records showed the couple purchased their home -- in Grand Haven, a community for people 55 and older -- for $236,000 in January 2003.
#8 Jul 28, 2010
Just tootoo sad. And unnecessary. My prayers to all concerned. What else can be said?
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