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Police: Body found near Libertyville could be missing woman

Her husbMichael Stroll says she had no history mental illness. The couple got married seven years ago. | Katlyn Smith/Sun-Times

Her husband Michael Stroll says she had no history of mental illness. The couple got married seven years ago. | Katlyn Smith/Sun-Times Media

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Updated: February 3, 2014 3:44PM

Police on Tuesday afternoon found a body near Libertyville that could be the remains of missing Gurnee woman Anne Stroll, 64, according to a statement from the Lake County Sheriff’s Office.

“It’s just devastation,” Stroll’s husband, Michael Stroll, said late Tuesday night, adding that police won’t give his family further details until the Lake County Coroner conducts an exam in Wednesday morning.

Anne Stroll was last seen about 1 p.m. Monday by a neighbor who saw her get onto her bike in the driveway of her home on the 1700 block of Arrowwood Way in the Merit Club subdivision, her family says.

Her husband, who returned to the house about 1:45 p.m. after a doctor’s appointment, saw a note from his wife in the kitchen telling him that she had decided to go on a “short” bike ride before taking their golden retriever to a park. When she didn’t come back home in the gated community, he alerted police.

“She’s really physically fit,” Michael Stroll said. “She’s a very positive, outgoing person. Absolutely everybody loves her.”

He added that she has no history of mental illness.

Sheriff’s police and Gurnee officers searched an area along north Milwaukee Avenue in unincorporated Libertyville on Tuesday, and found the body at about 2 p.m., officials said. They would not confirm if the remains are Stroll’s and said they continue to investigate.

Stroll’s bike that she rode before disappearing, a blue Trek Navigator with white and pink streamers on the handlebars, was a gift from her husband.

He assumes that she took a new route from their home to the Des Plaines River Trail through Independence Grove Forest Preserve. In October, the couple discovered a “very hidden,” unofficial entrance that leads onto the trail, her husband said, and Stroll, an avid biker and runner, was eager to try it out.

Her cell phone company sent a “ping” to her device and narrowed its possible location to the south side of the preserve near Route 137, her husband said.

Authorities launched a large search of the preserve Monday, Michael Stroll wrote in a Facebook post.

“We found nothing,” Michael Stroll said. “No signs of her. No signs of the bike.”

Gurnee police Cmdr. William Meyer said helicopters and K9 units combed an area of the Des Plaines River Trail and found no indications of her whereabouts on Monday. The search then resumed Tuesday.

“It’s a total mystery,” Meyer said Tuesday, before the body was found.

Stroll works from home for a Bannockburn financial services firm, her husband said. The Omaha, Neb., native previously was an attorney for a healthcare system.

The couple was married seven years ago.

Stroll has a son from a previous marriage living in Los Angeles.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Gurnee police at 847-599-7000.

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