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Missing Gurnee woman died of self-inflicted gunshot

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

Missing Gurnee woman Anne Stroll died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, officials from the Lake County Coroner’s office said Wednesday following an autopsy.

Stroll disappeared Monday after leaving on bike from her Gurnee home, which has a Libertyville mailing address on the 1700 block of Arrowwood Way in the Merit Club subdivision.

Her husband, Michael Stroll, said Tuesday that she had no history of mental illness.

Sheriff’s police and Gurnee officers searched an area in unincorporated Libertyville on Tuesday, then found her body at about 2 p.m. on the 32000 block of North Milwaukee Avenue, on the property of the St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Monastery cemetery.

Meanwhile, condolences to Stroll’s family began pouring in Wednesday on her husband’s Facebook page. One woman noted Stroll’s elegance, comparing her to classic movie star Grace Kelly.

“Everybody who met Anne, loved Anne,” the friend wrote to Stroll’s husband.

Her son, Drew Fortune, said he “always enjoyed a special bond” with his mom in a Facebook post. The two share a January birthday.

“It’s a terribly beautiful world people ... never forget to tell anyone, anytime you love them or how much they mean to you,” Fortune, who lives in Los Angeles, wrote. “With my Mom and I, thankfully, that’s a regret I don’t have.”

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, her family says.

“It’s just devastation,” Stroll’s husband, Michael, said late Tuesday night.

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.

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 had assumed 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.

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

Stroll worked 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.

Contributing: Frank Abderholden

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