Sheriff / Coroner Statement on Death Investigation

(BENTON-ILLINOIS) An autopsy was conducted 8-13-18 on the badly decomposed body discovered at the Old Ben #9 Mine Site just east of West Frankfort on Saturday, August 11th, 2018.  A cause of death has not yet been determined and is considered suspicious.  The body is that of a middle aged white male.  Investigators are working to identify the body and to develop leads.  The case is being investigated by the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, The Franklin County Coroner’s Office and the Illinois State Police.

Franklin County Sheriff                                               Franklin County Coroner
Sheriff Don Jones                                                       Marty Leffler