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UPDATE: Man Died of Multiple Self-Inflicted Injuries

Homewood police and the county medical examiner determined the body found on Dixie Highway on March 29 was a suicide, resulting from cuts to the neck.

Multiple authorities have ruled that a man committed suicide.

The body of the 35-year-old Hazel Crest man was found around 3:40 p.m. in the 18200 block of Dixie Highway in Homewood yesterday, said in a statement.

Dixie Highway was closed between Olive and 183rd streets during an immediate investigation.

Homewood detectives, assisted by an Illinois State Police evidence technician, determined the cause of death through evidence in and around the vehicle and also through video footage, according to police.

Sgt. Denise McGrath said there were "procedural things we need to do" before releasing any additional information about what was found.

The Cook County Medical Examiner's Office identified the man as Johnny Anderson and also ruled the cause of death a suicide—the result of "multiple incised wounds" to the neck.

He was pronounced dead on the scene at 4:13 p.m., a spokeswoman for the examiner's office said.

Updated at 2:12 p.m.

Check back with Patch for more updates as they become available.

Patch Reporter Jesse Marx contributed to this report.


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Intheknow April 01, 2012 at 01:14 AM
Classy
Ryan Fitzpatrick (Editor) April 01, 2012 at 10:08 AM
'MrRankins ToYou,' your comment was deleted because it violated our terms of use. Please consider reposting without the profanity. - Ryan Fitzpatrick, editor
ResidentZ April 01, 2012 at 01:00 PM
Condolences to his family, but i'm a bit confused about some of the information here. A. He was discovered at 3:40, the blockade was up before 4, but he wasn't pronounced dead until 4:13? Also, it wasn't at Ingalls hospital, since he wasn't moved until later that evening. Lastly, Dixie Hwy is the jurisdiction of the State Police, and considering that it was they who did forensics, i'm going to say that it was THEY who determined the cause of death. And inquiring minds would like to know, what video footage? The traffic light cameras?
Dinkum April 01, 2012 at 03:06 PM
Here are the FACTS as we know them today. A young man took his own life, for an unknown reason, and his loved ones grieve for him. While I did not know him, his story has become known to me, and I have compassion for their privacy and sorrow. I am sorry for your loss. If you want answers, or looking to eliminate your confusion, then you know how to find them IF that's what your truly seek. Frankly I doubt this because you could have done all of that before posting. Which calls in to question your motivation for posting this to begin with.
JohnP April 01, 2012 at 03:41 PM
HPD is trying to keep the town's image up. this had to be a murder...very disturbing
ResidentZ April 01, 2012 at 03:48 PM
It is very tragic, and i am not trying to downplay that. I'm just pointing out that if one is going to report something, one should report it correctly, and no, i'm not entirely sure how to find "the answers i seek." If we're to take this article at face value, then they should have been included in the first place.
Bonnie D. April 01, 2012 at 05:00 PM
I think that people need to trust the police and the forensics team that are behind this entire case. I am so tired of hearing made up tidbits of things that weren't ever mentioned in any article or police statement. The knowledge that is reported in these articles is made public for a reason and no one knows anything more than that. It is really no one's business to know anything about what a potential note may or may not have said, or what evidence was actually found at the scene. Stop fabricating information; it only causes the man's family more pain and anguish. Have a little respect for the dead and all of those who were hurt by this tragedy. Let them grieve in peace.
Jan April 01, 2012 at 09:48 PM
hey this is someones brother, husband, son Uncle or whatever, have the repsect for the family, pray for this individual, trust the HPD and detectives and before passing judgment or trying to annalize the situation pray and read James chapter 1 and 2 and sit back and dont judge, criticize this family or anyone else!
Dinkum April 01, 2012 at 10:29 PM
Your opinion means nothing without facts or evidence. Either prove your position or it is not credible or worthy of any consideration.
Dinkum April 01, 2012 at 10:46 PM
The amount of information, on just about any topic or story, changes over time. If you are looking for details, seek them out from various reliable sources (note the word "reliable"). We can agree on one thing. This is a tragic story, with a sad end. And any additional details will not change this.
ResidentZ April 01, 2012 at 11:26 PM
@Dinkum, journalists reporting on a story as serious as this SHOULD be reliable, that's my point. Anyway, i'm not pulling all of this out of thin air; first of all, i work nearby and PERSONALLY WITNESSED nearly everything that happened from 4pm to about 8pm when the scene was cleared. That includes the State Police arriving, the initial forensics, and, well, the clearing of the scene. Second, as far as jurisdiction goes, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/State_police#United_States . The only opinion i've expressed is that this article is flawed, and the majority of us rely on journalism to report the facts. No, additional details will not make this any less sad, but complete and correct information - not including anything that infringes on the privacy of the family - will reassure those who are in doubt that they are receiving the full story and reassure those of us who are in the area of how things are handled around here. I'm not even questioning the circumstances of this man's death, but do you think pulling up to work to find all of this, wondering what really happened, and how long it took to figure it out wasn't incredibly unsettling? Again, i'm not trying to downplay the tragedy in all this, but i will defend the right to question information that is being presented publicly.
Ann April 02, 2012 at 02:43 PM
People can't slit their own throats. Someone did this to him and needs to be found. Police are just trying to pass it off as a suicide because they don't want people to know about all the crime going on in Homewood.
ResidentZ April 02, 2012 at 04:55 PM
THANK you Hank.
Hank April 02, 2012 at 04:56 PM
They have cameras setup around that area. Go to the PD station and check out the wall of TVs with the live feeds.
ResidentZ April 02, 2012 at 05:03 PM
I really hope the comments i've left aren't being associated with comments like these. Your entire statement is completely uninformed and speculative. Your first sentence is just plain false, which certainly doesn't lend much credibility to the rest of what you said. You're entitled to your opinion, but don't try to pass it off as fact.
GWEN April 02, 2012 at 06:27 PM
TO BRIGITTE AND LITTLE JOHNNY AND THE REST OF THE FAMILY, YOU ARE IN MY PRAYERS. MAY GOD COMFORT YOU AND HIS LOVE SURROUND YOU AT THIS TIME.
Feisty 1 April 03, 2012 at 06:19 PM
Ann...you speak ignorantly and unintelligible! As a medical professional speaking, you can attempt suicide and successfully do it by cutting your own throat. Research it, before posting your nonsense. I was actually there and spoke to two different officers within an hr and they both said he committed suicide from self inflicted wounds. There was a video camera from the funeral home directly on his car and the detectives were in the funeral home investigating it. Plus that street is monitored by all kinds of other cameras that can be seen in te police station. Quit with the attempts of worrying a community that needs not be looking for a suspect. To his family, my heart goes out to all of you and your devastating loss. Just know that at the scene, his body and car was respected by the police and fire dept the entire time. My heart was very heavy that day for the loss and I didnt even know him but I knew he was still a person who had loved ones. I hope you can one day find peace as I'm sure his intentions were never to cause pain to you in this profound of a way. One never truly knows the impact that we have on others lives until we're gone and unfortunately it's too late. Live in the moment and love the day and let each other know their loved. God bless and peace be with you!
CECELIA DAVIS April 04, 2012 at 05:50 PM
Hi JOHNNY IT'S ME SHUG I DON'T WHAT HAPPEN BUT I WIL BE THEIR TO SEE YOU WHEN I COME TO TOWN YOU WOULD CUT MY HAIR WITHOUT A DIME IN MY POCKET! I DON'T BELIEVE YOU COMMITTED THIS ACT U WIL BE MISSED BY ME...R.I.P. JOHNNY.
LENAL REED April 04, 2012 at 10:32 PM
I FEEL THE SAME WAY
LENAL REED April 04, 2012 at 10:38 PM
I'VE SENT MY CONDOLENSE TO THE FAMILY.MAY THE LORD PUT HIS ARMS AROUND THEM AND PROTECT THEM,AND STRENGTHEN THEM TO ACCEPT HIS WILL.JOHNNY WAS A GOOD MAN AND HE LOVED HIM SOME BRGETTE(SMILE)R.I.P.ARADISE JOHNNY.THE LORD DON'T MAKE NO MISTAKES.(NELL)
Ryan Fitzpatrick (Editor) April 05, 2012 at 05:12 PM
The police said he was discovered around 3:40. I just checked my call records from last week and I heard about it at 3:48, from a local who was listening to his police scanner. He contacted me immediately, so the discovery time seems pretty accurate to me. The reason he wasn't pronounced dead until 4:13 is because a medical professional had to come to make the call. You are correct that he wasn't moved until a couple hours later. It seems like there may have been some miscommunication with the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office, but the person who proclaimed him dead was from Ingalls hospital. It's also worth keeping in mind that determining death is different compared to determining CAUSE of death. I hope this helps to clarify some of the details.
Ryan Fitzpatrick (Editor) April 05, 2012 at 05:14 PM
Please see the above comment response clarifying the details. All of this information can be attributed to official sources.
Ryan Fitzpatrick (Editor) April 05, 2012 at 05:16 PM
I left a response under your initial comment in hopes to clarify some of your concerns. Please know all the information in this article can be attributed to official sources.
TW April 05, 2012 at 11:34 PM
My condolences to your family. Hope you can find comfort in knowing he is at peace.
Jason Hitchens April 12, 2012 at 02:52 AM
Ann, your a complete idiot.
kyle forte April 18, 2012 at 12:24 AM
i leave 3 blocks away from bogarts 3 blocks that is really cloe to my house and still not believe suicide
Steve Burke April 18, 2012 at 03:23 AM
bro, I hear you. check out my website-- http://www.911truth.org
titep irret May 01, 2012 at 04:15 AM
Jeeze, for a minute there I thought it might be The Dog!
xsmith May 03, 2012 at 01:26 AM
u lil johnny sister
Brandon May 15, 2012 at 06:45 PM
This suicide has nothing to do with crime. This man killed himself. Chicago Heights should not even be mentioned in this conversation. Just because someone is black does not mean they are ghetto and a criminal. Let's be sensitive to the pain of this family who has lost a husband,Father,Brother,Uncle and a Son. Prayers for this Family

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