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Police, coroner not releasing cause of woman's death in Joliet

The Joliet police and Will County Coroner’s Office are not releasing any details on how a woman died in the city last week, saying it would compromise an ongoing investigation.

Questions remain as to how 25-year-old Shaianne P. Williams died and what her injuries were. About 5 a.m. Thursday, Joliet police found Williams’ body near the intersection of California Avenue and Rosalind Street. She died from traumatic injuries, police said.

The coroner’s office said Williams was pronounced dead about 10:30 a.m. the same day. An autopsy was performed but the coroner’s office officials would not provide any information about its initial findings.

Chief Deputy Coroner Mark Revis said that at the request of police, he would not release the cause of Williams’ death.

“They don’t want to compromise an ongoing investigation at this time,” Revis said.

When asked how the release of the information would compromise the investigation, Revis deferred to the police. He also deferred to police when asked about what Williams’ injuries were.

Police Sgt. Christopher Botzum said the department is not releasing details of Williams’ injuries “as it would compromise the ongoing investigation.”

In 2017, a DuPage County warrant was issued for Williams’ arrest after she violated her probation after pleading guilty to beating a woman in Lombard, court records show.

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