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Missing man found dead in tall grass close to I-55

William Smiley was ejected from vehicle during rollover crash, county coroner says

William Smiley
William Smiley

A Plainfield man missing for nearly a week was found dead in a field Saturday afternoon.

William Smiley, 28, was found about 12:15 p.m. in the tall grass near the Route 30 exit off Interstate 55, according to the Will County Coroner’s Office.

Smiley apparently was ejected from a vehicle during a rollover crash, according to a statement from the coroner’s office.

It was not known how long Smiley had been dead, according to the coroner’s office. An autopsy was scheduled for Sunday.

Smiley’s family reported him missing Aug. 11, Joliet police Sgt. Christopher Botzum previously told The Herald-News.

The Illinois State Police are now investigating Smiley’s death, according to the coroner’s office.

Smiley was released from the Will County jail July 2.

He previously had been arrested by the Joliet police three days before on charges of reckless driving and possession of a controlled substance.

After his release on bond, Smiley was required to report to Will County Pretrial Services within the next
24 hours, which he failed to do, court records show.

Smiley also did not respond to telephone calls, according to a pretrial violation report.

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