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Coroner testing dead man’s DNA to confirm identity

Updated: June 20, 2014 2:39AM

DNA from the body of a man found dead in a Gurnee area forest preserve Wednesday night is being compared to that of the son of a bicyclist reported missing about 10 days ago.

The man had been shot once through the mouth with the bullet exiting the back of his head, Lake County Coroner Thomas Rudd said Thursday. Because the body had significant exposure to the elements, identifying the man remains a challenge, he said.

The coroner’s office plans to bring in a forensic dentist to help in identifying the man, who Rudd said has “superb” dental work. The man was found clothed in a blue jacket and shorts, Rudd said.

The body was found about 7:45 p.m. at the Lake Carina Forest Preserve at Milwaukee Avenue and I-94 near Gurnee, according to the Lake County Ranger Police.

Lake County Forest Preserve spokeswoman Susan Hawkins said the body was found “behind Lake Carina near the bordering I-94 area.”

The man was found leaning against a tree, police said. Hawkins said the cause of death “appears to be a single gunshot wound to the head.”

The Lake County Coroner’s office is working to identify the body and will be conducting an autopsy, she said.

Police in the area have been searching since June 8 for Andy Adler, a 57-year-old Gurnee man, who went for a bike ride that morning and never returned.

Twenty-one groups totaling about 140 people covered a 12-mile radius to search for Adler and his blue Cannondale bike.

Volunteers with dogs and a helicopter also searched along the Des Plaines River Trail, a route Adler frequented.

“We’re both grateful for all of the support,” said Adler’s 19-year-old son, Nick, who was also speaking for his mom, Kay Adler.

Nick’s DNA is being compared to the man found in the preserve.

--Sun-Times Media Wire contributed

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