A body was recovered in Joliet Township on Monday evening but it has not been identified yet, according to Deputy Chief Dan Jungles of the Will County Sheriff's Office.
Jungles said the body was found in an area near Patterson Road, Loretta Avenue and Cecilia Avenue. An autopsy of the body was being conducted Tuesday, he said.
Jungles couldn’t say if the body was that of missing 18-year-old Jaheim “JT” Terry, who was last seen on July 7 about 10 p.m. on the East Side of Joliet, according to Joliet police and Terry’s family.
Terry’s mother, Jamila Coleman, believes her son’s body was the one that was recovered in the area of Patterson Road and Loretta Avenue.
On July 10, Joliet police published a Facebook post requesting assistance from the public to find Terry.
Coleman said she received a call from someone about her son's body and headed to area of Patterson Road and Loretta Avenue where she saw a “crime scene” that that was taped off. Coleman took photos of the area Tuesday morning that had yellow tape that said “sheriff line do not cross.”
When asked about Coleman saying her son’s body was found, Will County Deputy Chief Coroner Laurie Summers said “it’s all under investigation” and that information will be released as soon as the coroner’s office is able to do so.
When asked about Coleman’s statements, Joliet Police Officer Olin Torkelson said to contact the sheriff’s office about the incident.