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UPDATE: Body Found in Barrington Hills is Missing Wauconda Man

Body found by an equestrian in the Spring Creek Valley Forest Preserve on Christmas day is missing Wauconda man, Robert Hovinen, police said.

Robert Hovinen, 38, of Wauconda. Photo: ABC 7.
Robert Hovinen, 38, of Wauconda. Photo: ABC 7.
Update, 4:45 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 26

An autopsy was performed Thursday on a Wauconda man whose body was found by an equestrian at the Spring Creek Valley Forest Preserve in Barrington Hills Christmas day.

Robert Hovinen, 38, of unincorporated Wauconda, was last seen at a bar in Carpentersville on Dec. 23. 

Ben Breit, Director of Communications for the Cook County Sheriff's Office, told Patch no foul play is suspected. Authorities are awaiting toxicology results.

Update, 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 26

It is now being reported that the body of a man found in the Spring Creek Valley Forest Preserve in Barrington Hills is Robert Hovinen, 38, of 25220 Ivanhoe Road, Wauconda.

Hovinen went missing from a bar in Carpentersville on Dec. 23, according to the Barrington Courier-Review. An earlier version of this story reported Hovinen was a resident of Carpentersville.

The cause of death is still under investigation. An autopsy was scheduled for Thursday.


Update, 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 26

The Carpentersville Police Department has been notified by the Cook County Sheriff's Office that the body found in the Spring Creek Valley Forest Preserve in Barrington Hills on Christmas day is that of missing Carpentersville man Robert Hovinen.

Hovinen was last seen Dec. 23 at Skeeters Saloon, located at 1691 Elgin Road in Carpentersville, reported ABC 7 News.

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Original Story, posted 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 26

The Cook County Sheriff's Office is investigating the death of a man whose body was found in the Spring Creek Valley Forest Preserve in Barrington Hills on Christmas, according to the Daily Herald.

The unidentified body was reportedly found by an equestrian. Sheriff's police responded to the call at about 2:45 p.m. Wednesday, reported the Daily Herald. An autopsy was scheduled for today.

Patch will provide more information on this developing story as it becomes available.

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