Human remains found in Woodford County may be connected to McLean County homicide

August 6, 2013 Updated Aug 7, 2013 at 10:45 AM CDT

SECOR, Ill. – Authorities in Woodford County have located human remains that may be connected to the torso pulled from the Mackinaw River near Kappa on Saturday.

The McLean County Coroner said remains found in a Secor home could be related to the human torso found in the Mackinaw River near Kappa on Saturday.

Authorities believe both sets of remains may belong to Oakley Mitchell, 74, of Secor. Mitchell was reported missing days ago.

He was convicted in Woodford County two years ago for marijuana production and ordered to serve 180 days in jail.

DNA testing will be done to determine if the torso and other remains are connected and if they are that of Mitchell.

The testing could take up to three weeks.

Both cases are being investigated by the Illinois State Police Crime Scene Services.

Police would not comment if they have any suspects, but currently, no one is in custody.

This story will be updated as more information develops.

To submit a comment on this article, your email address is required. We respect your privacy and your email will not be visible to others nor will it be added to any email lists.