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Police not commenting on reports of murder in Mundelein

Updated: January 21, 2014 5:16PM

A cul-du-sac of townhomes in Mundelein remained blocked off by police Tuesday afternoon, following a morning incident that officials are saying little about.

Mundelein police responded to an incident early Tuesday morning that prompted officials to put three nearby schools on lockdown, Pioneer Press is reporting.

Although the incident occurred Tuesday morning, and the all-clear was given by 9 a.m., police were still refusing to provide details as of 3 p.m.

A resident reported a stabbing in the area, and another resident said a middle school employee was told there had been a murder in the area. But police would not comment on those reports.

The Lake County Coronoer’s office, asked about a death in the area, said details would be released on Wednesday when the investigation is complete.

Mundelein Deputy Police Chief John Monahan said only that police are investigating a crime, and added, “There is not any risk at this point.”

He also said releasing information could compromise the integrity of the investigation.

Mundelein High, Mechanics Grove Elementary and Carl Sandburg Middle schools were on lockdown early Tuesday as a precaution, police said, but the restriction was lifted by about 9 a.m.

Jenny Laird, director of the nearby Wee Kirk Preschool at Lakes Presbyterian Church, said she and other school officials noticed police activity when school staff arrived around 8:30 a.m.

“Early this morning ... there were probably around 10 to 12 police cars, and the fire department and maybe the rescue squad,” she said. “All of those have left and there are just a couple of police cars left,” Laird said about 12:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Wee Kirk staff called police and were told that — by the time the preschool opened at 9 a.m. — there was no longer any risk or need for a lockdown.

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