UPDATE: Peoria County Coroner says missing man froze to death outside

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PEORIA, Ill. (WMBD) — (UPDATE: 4:10 p.m.) — Peoria County Coroner Jamie Harwood released the autopsy of a man who was found dead behind his property.

Harwood said the autopsy revealed 57-year-old Kent Hamm died after succumbing to cold exposure. Details of the autopsy suggest Hamm fell outside and was unable to get back up and inside for unknown reasons.

According to the report, there was no trauma involved in the death. A toxicology report is pending and foul play is not suspected.


(PREVIOUS) — A search for a missing man has turned deadly after deputies found the man dead on his property.

Kent M. Hamm, 57, was reported missing after he was last seen at the Shell Gas Station on Knox Street in Chillicothe on Jan. 20, according to a post by the Peoria County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday, Jan. 27.

At approximately 4:45 p.m. that same day, the sheriff’s department announced detectives found Hamm’s body on his property in the 1700 block of Holiday Harbor Lane in Chillicothe.

An investigation is ongoing and an autopsy will be completed by the Peoria County Coroner.

This story will be updated.

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