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Police at Skokie Optima Condo Aug 16 2010

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Evanston, IL

#1 Aug 16, 2010
Why were/are there so many police at the Optima Condos today?

Marcus Hook, PA

#2 Aug 17, 2010
My thoughts were the same, but it was not just cops. There was a forensic truck, three cop cars and three super carpet cleaning vans also.

United States

#3 Aug 17, 2010
Anyone know what happened?

Chicago, IL

#4 Aug 17, 2010
I live in Elm. Whatever happened was on the 18th floor in Elm. I heard that a 45 yr old woman died. We went up and peeked out of the elevator, saw lots of cases marked "Evidence" and a cop sitting watch outside of one of the 3 BR units at the end of the hallway on the left side. I park on the 2nd floor and a cop was getting supplies out of an unmarked car about 6pm Monday. Another guy in a white Haz-Mat type suit was with him.

There were cops there from early morning Monday, throughout the night (including the forensic truck) and a few cop cars were still there this morning. There were 3 carpet cleaning vans, but that may have just been for the general upkeep.

Chicago, IL

#5 Aug 17, 2010
Rather, this was on the right side of the floor (not left).
ELM Resident

United States

#6 Aug 17, 2010
Just like the suicide last year, and the attempted murder the year before that - management has done NOTHING to inform their residents about the incident. I understand they may not be able to provide details however, they should have some sort of response plan for such incidents. We live in a high rise community of hundreds and things are bound to happen, that is not the fault of management but lack of communication IS.

Hinsdale, IL

#7 Aug 17, 2010
I'm a new resident in Elm. I called the property management and Optima and they said they knew nothing. I agree with the post above that they are probably limited in what information can be released, especially if it is under police investigation. However, I am not asking if they have suspects or if they have fingerprints. I simply want to know whether my safety is at all compromised. Its extremely disappointing and frustrating that there has been no communication.

Marcus Hook, PA

#8 Aug 17, 2010
So then no one really knows what happened? I live in the Maple building and saw all this going on. I donít know how they can think that people donít suspect anything.
My roommate went to DCH Management and asked what happened, they reported to him that it was some elderly woman who had passed away.

Carmel, IN

#9 Aug 17, 2010
So the question is, Is DCH Mgmt telling the residents the real story or something that they think will keep us off their doorstep?

Chicago, IL

#10 Aug 17, 2010
I didn't know about an attempted murder. What happened? I did know about the suicide. Lived in Elm since 2006. DCH is not helpful, in any situation, unless it involves setting up condo tours of the glitzy units.
ELM Resident

United States

#11 Aug 17, 2010
I'll circle back on that comment to not alarm anyone - The referenced attempted murder involved a domestic situation - this is what we were told by police and other residents who lived on the floor on which it occured. I believe it was 10 and it was about 3 years ago.
ELM Resident

United States

#12 Aug 17, 2010
We managed to call the sales office and they gave us a plausable story. I won't post it here but it appears less alarming then it looks.

Management must find a way to balance privacy and keeping its residents informed. I understand management wants to keep things quite - for a number of reasons. However,saying nothing forces people to seek answers. Soon details or speculations, get posted online for the entire internet to read. The original intent of keeping things low-key backfires ten-fold.

If only they were as fastidious about these things as they are about guest parking.

Chicago, IL

#13 Aug 17, 2010
I would like more information about what you found out from DCH. [email protected] - could you please email the details to my email address? Much appreciated.
Oak resident

Skokie, IL

#14 Aug 17, 2010
Here's a brief story of what happened: http://skokie.patch.com/articles/death-at-opt...

Berwyn, IL

#15 Aug 17, 2010
Thank you for putting that link. Hey elm where else would you post the story? This is the place

Marcus Hook, PA

#16 Aug 18, 2010
Well I guess that is good to know. Thanks for the link.

I do think that the DCH Management is not a very good management group. I do not like how they run things. We all pay a lot of money to live there at the Optima Building and would like to see some changes.

This is something that they could have notified us about, but did nothing. My roommate was only told that an elderly woman had passed away, but that would not account for the amount of vehicles that were up front the other day.

I did have a question for anyone who would be able to answer it; does anyone know how one would be able to get on the board? I would like to voice my own opinion about this place and the management group.

Chicago, IL

#17 Aug 18, 2010
I rent in the Elm tower, and confronted one of the steam cleaner employees as to what was happening. He said a woman of 40 yrs of age was found dead in her tub after water was heard rushing down the walls of the 5 floors below her condo.They had to break open the walls to release the water on to the floors. This was the reason for 3 steam cleaning vans on the scene.I was in the elevators with forensic officers ,and they has carts with many bags of evidence.They kept taking more bags out through the night. I don't think they would go to that trouble if they thought it was a seizure that killed her.I really want to know if our safety is in danger.

Chicago, IL

#18 Aug 18, 2010
Thanks for the information Joann. My husband and I own in Elm and have been thinking the very same thing - this was likely not really a seizure. A close friend of mine, under 40 yrs old, died suddenly and tragically in her own home years ago. I was there and they completed an autopsy but I can say for sure that police were not on the scene for more than 4 - 6 hrs and a forensics team was not needed.

In this situation, The police were at optima for over 24 hrs. I hate to be such a conspiracy theorist but it is just all so strange. I think we'd all be less suspectful of DCH if they just provided some information. We do have a right to know.
New resident

Skokie, IL

#19 Aug 18, 2010
We have to do somthing for our safety and request more information to DCH Management. As the first step, why don't we get together in front of the office in the morning?

Skokie, IL

#20 Aug 18, 2010
I visited the place today. The police sealed off and got finger prints from not only the woman's home but also the trash room. This inspection does not make any sense if she had a seizure and was drowned. Why the police men inspected the trash room?

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