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Coroner: Missing man’s body found hanging

November 15, 2018

WESLEY TOWNSHIP — Will County Coroner Patrick K. O’Neil said Dan Jarski was found hanging in the Kankakee River State Park in Will County on Saturday.

The 62-year-old Jarski had been missing from his Grant Park home since Sept. 9.

According to a release, Jarski was positively identified through dental records on Tuesday. He was pronounced dead at 11:25 a.m. on Saturday in the portion of the park in Wesley Township in Will County.

A final cause and manner of death awaits police, autopsy and toxicology reports, O’Neil said.

Kankakee County Sheriff’s Department, Illinois State Police and Illinois Conservation Police continue to investigate.

Jarski’s remains were discovered on Saturday during a search by Jarski’s family and volunteers. It started at about 8 a.m.

The staging area was the parking area west of Warner Bridge Road, south of Illinois Route 102 on the north side of the river.

Jarski was married and has three adult sons.

On the morning of Sept. 9, Jarski left his home outside of Grant Park. He left without a phone and his wallet, which was not uncommon.

Video cameras recorded his red Chevy Express van heading west on Manteno Road near Interstate 57. The van was discovered on Sept. 11, parked in Hunting Area 6 of Kankakee River State Park, which is located on the south side of the river and west of Warner Bridge.

Extensive searches of the area by police, professional and volunteer searchers, tracking and cadaver dogs and drones yielded no signs of Jarski.

According to the family, his disappearance in no way fit with his life or the person many people know and love. He loved music and was passionate about digging for and collecting antique bottles, including at the state park.

Jarski was a retired teacher. He taught science at Andrew High School in Tinley Park.

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