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Cops: Separated Couple Found Dead in Orland Home

Authorities are investigating deaths of an estranged couple in a quiet Orland subdivision, after a suicide note was found written by the man.

5:40 p.m.

Police are in the process of looking into any past history or domestic reports involving the couple, and are also still notifying members of their families, Commander John Keating said Tuesday.

Keating declined to comment on any estimates for time of death, whether any weapons or signs of a struggle were found and the nature of the couple's injuries.

"The two deceased were taken to the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office," Keating said. "It would be premature to comment on any such issues before the autopsy is complete."

The autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday.

Orland Park detectives are still following leads to piece together what happened at 17171 Highwood Drive within the last day.

5:03 p.m.

A next-door neighbor living north of the residence said that in the several hours police have remained on the scene, she's felt comforted by their presence.

"They've been working really hard and they've kept everything concealed and covered," Jeanette Brook said, later noting that they first showed up around 10 a.m. Tuesday. "I'm glad they're here and I'm very proud of our police department right now. It's impressive, how they've handled it."

She said she was home last night and this morning but didn't see anything suspicious. She declined to give any details about the couple living in the home, or the circumstances, in order to protect their privacy during a difficult time.

"I actually don't want to say anything out of respect for the family," she said. "I prefer that any information about the incident is shared by the police because I really don't want people speculating. The family should have some privacy."

Other neighbors, including Brook, expressed concern for three daughters living in the home. Authorities have said they were unharmed.

A cameraman from WGN News rolled up to the scene around 5:10 p.m. and began filming from the sidewalk. An Orland Park police officer, who had backed her squad car into the driveway shortly before 5 p.m., remained in her vehicle.

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4:28 p.m.

Orland Park Police sent a news release regarding the incident, saying they responded to the scene after getting a call from another department requesting a well-being check at the home.

"Hickory Hills Police related they were searching for a 55-year-old male who had left a suicide note at the home of his parents in Hickory Hills," the statement said. "Responding officers entered the home and located the man and a 48-year-old female, both deceased inside the residence."

Police said the pair has been "tentatively identified" as a married couple who were recently separated and living apart. Their names were not released pending notification of their families, according to the release.

The two were taken to the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office and autopsies are scheduled for Wednesday morning. Police said their deaths "appear to be the result of a domestic dispute." They aren't looking for a suspect at this time, they said.

4:19 p.m.

A woman carrying a handgun on her hip and wearing blue booties and purple gloves exited through the front door of the home and went to a Cook County Sheriff's Office vehicle, where she opened the hood and lingered near the front driver's side door.

She seemed to be gathering equipment from the back of the squad, quickly walking back into the home around 4:22 p.m.

A neighbor who asked that Patch pull forward so he could park in his driveway said he didn't know the residents of the home but commented that he believes a family with children live there.

3:59 p.m. 

Though one undercover squad car and two Cook County cars remain on the scene, both vans just left the driveway and headed southbound on Highwood Drive.

3:50 p.m.

Authorities opened one of the home's two garage doors, where two white vans had reversed into the driveway around 3:30 p.m. 

Both vans had their back doors open and five investigators stood in a line to prevent Patch from photographing what appeared to be two body bags—one in each—being placed inside the vehicles.

3:35 p.m.

A neighbor found standing in his driveway across the street from the scene said he wasn't sure what was going on, but noted police were at his home earlier Tuesday afternoon asking him questions.

"There was a domestic dispute, from what I understand," said the resident, who declined to be named. "They asked if we heard anything around midnight."

Shortly before 3:30 p.m., a large box-type Orland Park Police Department command center vehicle moved from its position in the driveway of the home, only to be replaced by two windowless white vans.

A steady stream of authorities, some wearing blue booties and purple gloves, were walking in and out of the front door of the home.

3:19 p.m.

An investigator with the Cook County Sheriff's Office removed the yellow police tape that was cordoning off the home and stuffed it into his back pocket.

He refused to comment on the circumstances incide the brick, two story residence, but nodded when asked if he was investigating a possible murder.

3:10 p.m., 17171 Highwood Drive

Cook County Sheriff's deputies and  are investigating the death of two people who were found inside a home today at 17171 Highwood Drive in Orland Park.

"I can tell you that we have two confirmed dead and that we are investigating the circumstances surrounding it," Commander John Keating said Tuesday afternoon.

A white truck with "Orland Park Police Command Center" written in blue was parked sideways in the driveway of the home shortly after 3 p.m. Tuesday. The site was cordoned off by yellow police tape.

Orland Park Editor Ben Feldheim contributed to this report.

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Con Serned July 17, 2012 at 11:35 PM
Kudos to the Orland Park Police Dept. for handling a delicate situation tactfully. Your professionalism is appreciated. My sympathies for the family and friends of all involved.
Maqbool Rashid July 17, 2012 at 11:44 PM
great patch coverage
Robert July 18, 2012 at 12:55 AM
Poor lady, mother, daughter, friend. She is a statistic now, of this vast domestic crime against women and children. The court rooms were jammed today with domestic crime violators getting "anger management" sentences. Judges seem desensitized to the nature of harm it causes on women and children and society.
Carrie Frillman July 18, 2012 at 01:30 AM
Thanks, Maqbool! I appreciate the feedback.
anonymous July 18, 2012 at 06:49 AM
Thank you, your comments will be shared with the family.. Please keep them in prayer.
Tiphani July 18, 2012 at 10:49 AM
Everyone of her co-workers love and miss her. My condolences to the family!!!!
Cat Lady July 18, 2012 at 12:40 PM
My sincere sympathy to this family, both those who have passed and the survivors. May God be with you all and give you all the strength you need at this most difficult time.
Terri July 18, 2012 at 02:24 PM
I agree with Maqbool. Seeing a major crime being investigated in one's neighborhood is unsettling, and rumors spread fast. I am grateful that the Patch was able to keep us informed while still maintaining the privacy and dignity of the grieving family.
Ben Feldheim (Editor) July 18, 2012 at 03:02 PM
Thank you all for the thoughts. We do appreciate it.
lindsay.vansickle@gmail.com July 18, 2012 at 03:50 PM
Magee Family, Please send this information onto the children of the deceased parents: I grew up one block away in the same subdivision and almost one year ago my dad committed sucide; it was obviously a big shock to my brother and I. What helped us through this past year was counseling services from Catholic Charitie's LOSS program (Loving Outreach for Suicide Survivors). All the counselors themselves are suicide survivors. The grief you feel from losing a loved from to suicide is far different than a normal death (our Mom died suddenly 4 years ago so I know how they both feel). You do not need to be Catholic to get servies, and they are FREE. They have an office in Worth (111th and Harlem). If the children are willing to talk, PLEASE encourage them to go. My brother and I sitll go after 1 year and it's helped so much, especially knowing you are talking to someone who has lossed someone the same way. Please please send this information on, I would not be in the place emotionally/mentally that I am now if I did not have their support. They also offer 8-week small group counseling which was amazing. And as I said before, it's all free. My heart goes out to you; after I heard this happened last night I was so upset and heartbroken. I lost my Mom when I was 21 and Dad last year when I was 26, almost one year ago; You may not believe me now but the grief gets easier to deal with. LOSS: Main Line: (312) 655-7283 http://www.catholiccharities.net/loss/
P July 18, 2012 at 05:15 PM
I will pass this along. I know the family.
Nancy Boerema July 18, 2012 at 07:48 PM
My God be with the famiy and friends of this family. My pray is that during this dark hour you can see Jesus and his love embrassing you. He is right next to you just call out and he will help you thur the rough times.
Momo Dee July 18, 2012 at 10:29 PM
Makes you think twice about marriage.. it seems to be the easy way out for these men..
Ben Feldheim (Editor) July 18, 2012 at 10:32 PM
Thank you very much for sharing this. It takes a lot of courage to do so, and we appreciate it.
Domestic Violence Survivor July 18, 2012 at 10:55 PM
There's a special place in hell for people like him. She was a sweetheart and didn't deserve to suffer the way she did. Hell's max. occupancy just went up by one and it wasn't her. She's in heaven watching over us all.
Harry Callahan July 19, 2012 at 02:11 AM
Hey there's plenty of good men out there and many get burned in marriage to,but many women pick guys for the wrong reasons I know plenty of them young and old and many have miserable lives.Theres good and bad in both sexes.
Ken July 19, 2012 at 06:46 PM
Senseless Take a life. Commit suicide. Leave your children parentless. Why? Fabricate a family. Turn them. Sentence her. Why? Ego. Macho. Money. Greed. Envy. Living the American Dream, but alas, it is just a dream. Wake up, faced with reality for breakfast. Every morning. Reality. Beautiful home. Lots of work, lots of sweat. Lots of time. For what? All that’s left is a beautiful home with a heartbeat. Love long gone. Nothing is or was as it seems. Family and friends, blind to the truth. A blatant failure to seek help, to ask for help, to reach out for help. Until it is too late. Way too late. Now there is no one there, no one to touch, no one to hold close. The memory of what once was will be lost among the angry. Emptiness, loneliness, the void you have left in their hearts. Time can not heal the hell that you have wrought. Perhaps a prayer that time will show them the truth you tried to hide, Perhaps a prayer that time will teach them the truth behind their mother’s love.
Michelle July 19, 2012 at 10:22 PM
I haven't seen Karen in almost 20 years, but when I heard that she is no longer walking this earth, I'm beyond devasted. I can't even imagine what her 3 girls, parents, and the rest of her family is feeling. My prayers go out to all of them. I'm so sad. Why did something so awful to happen to one of the most wonderful people I've met on this earth. May you rest in peace Karen and watch over your 3 beautiful girls from Heaven.
Benjamin Brown July 25, 2012 at 12:02 AM
Clearly you have no idea what the entire story was. Please do not assume that you know an entire story based on the coverage or whatever stories you heard. In the end it ends up hurting family members more. If you knew her well enough to know all that was going on then you should be attempting to comfort their girls instead of going online to seek your own private revenge. It will not hurt him. It will hurt the family members that survived him. Please take this into account and know that I'm not defending what he did. All I'm saying is that you will solve nothing with your negative comments. You're only spreading the pain that you hate so much.
Georgia September 06, 2012 at 02:11 PM
First of all, I am their oldest daughter. Second of all, if you did not know our family then you have no right to right such terrible things about my father up on the internet. It is people like you who make these stories become out of control. The only people who know the truth about my mother and father are people that have known them within the last ten to fifteen years. Negative comments like yours are what is making this family even more and more upset. Take into consideration what your parents taught you; "Say somrthing nice or do not say anything at all"!
Tracey September 15, 2012 at 01:22 PM
This is to Georgia, who posted her statement on September 6th. I agree with you, I had the honor to meet your Dad a long time ago. More then the last 15 years. I have been able to meet your mom, 2 days before this has happen. Your Dad had a glow about him when he would talk about him and his girls. Specially his oldest, which is you. You must not listen to these fools on here who post's things that are not true. nor do you have to defend your family to these loser's. God has a plan for you and your family, and it will come in many many different ways. Just remember your Dad and Your Mom will always be with you. They are there to protect you and when you call out their name, remember they will listen. I was able to go to your dad's resting place yesterday. I was not able to say my good byes after this happened. I wanted to stay away so you and your family can grieve and then I was going to write this. I looked down at your father "the first time I was able to do that" and I said. Mr Lolis, your daughter's are fighting a battle with people who are disrespecting your name. Show them the courage they need. and he will I can promise you that. I could not find your mother's resting place and I know where it is but I could not find it. So if you go there, please tell your mom for me that Tracey said " REMEMBER WHAT I TOLD YOU,that day, she will know what I mean.

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