At present, the house where all of this allegedly took place is barricaded. It has become a spectacle, with people walking past to take pictures as the police continue to search for answers.
“It’s a very sad situation,” said Lyon police chief Thomas Herion.
This central avenue backyard became a crime scene this week after a brother, aged 45 and 41, reportedly told police his mother and sister were buried in the backyard after falling ill and died separately in 2015 and 2019, Lyon police said.
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The bodies have not yet been identified, but investigators said they would conduct DNA testing to see if the recovered remains are in fact the brothers’ biological parents. At a press conference on Saturday afternoon, Herion said the condition of the bodies made sense for the 2015 and 2019 deaths. An autopsy is also expected on Sunday, police said.
While charges have not been formally filed, that could change once the autopsy is performed. Covering up a death is a Class 4 felony in Illinois.
The investigation began after the water company alerted police that the water had not been used at the home in the 3900 block of Center Avenue. The use of gas and electricity had also been minimal.
Upon arrival, they found a serious case of hoarding. The house contained jars of urine and piles of belongings throughout the two-story house, as well as several cats and dogs running around the property.
“It was several liters of urine,” Herion said. “There were no running toilets. Every room, the front door, the back door was completely barricaded with debris, boxes. Several animals were also taken in by the Humane Society, police said on Saturday.
Some neighbors said they still thought the brothers, who were left pretty much alone, were a bit strange.
“We’ve known that something has been going on for a while,” said neighbor Brian King. “I’m sorry for the people because there have been, if you mean to say, medical problems for the boys. “
“It’s just surreal,” added her neighbor Marth Castaneda.
The brothers told police their mother, who was almost 70, was pushed down the stairs by their sister in December 2015 and died the following week from a head injury. The brothers then said their 42-year-old sisters fell ill and died in 2019.
” Where are they ? He indicated that they were buried in the backyard, he said, ‘Oh they got sick, they died and we just buried them in the backyard,’ ”Herion said.
The state of Illinois has no record of their deaths. Police said all evidence points to the bodies being in the yard.
The brothers also reportedly told police that their father died in 2012 and that they had cremated him.
“She was a hard-working woman looking after three children,” King said of the man’s mother, who police say is around 79 today.
The brothers were then taken for a mind check last week, police said, and were released within about two hours.
“They were assessed mentally, physically, psychologically, [and] they were then released from MacNeil Hospital, ”Herion said.
The city had paid for them to stay in a hotel as the investigation continues.
The house was said to be in such deplorable condition that the men entered and left the windows because the doors of the house were unusable.
“I just hope they get the help they need, obviously there is something wrong,” Castaneda said.
Police said they provided additional help, including an archaeologist, with the extremely tedious task of clearing the house and looking for any evidence of what happened inside and sifting through the dirt in the yard to the ‘outside.
“We’re going to have to bring in teams of experts to empty this residence,” Chief Herion said. “We will have detectives outside as objects come out of the house, every piece of evidence will have to be evaluated, read and determined whether or not it is of value.” “
The Lyon Police Department is working with the Cook County District Attorney to open an investigation.
Police said they are currently treating this as a homicide investigation, but warned the brothers could tell the truth.
“Until we can really identify some type of probative value from a deceased person, we can’t charge and the state attorney wouldn’t approve without having a body,” Herion said.
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