WEST CITY — West City Police Chief Scott Choisser confirmed that police are investigating a death or deaths at a home at 425 S. Central St. He also confirmed that Illinois State Police Crime Scene Investigators were at the house at Thursday evening.

Neighbors say police arrived at the home by 3:15 p.m.

Choisser would not confirm the number of people dead at the home, but said there was no threat to public safety.

“The public has nothing to worry about,” he said.

Amanda Smith lives about half a block from the home where police were investigating. She has lived in West City for 27 years. Smith had heard that someone might have killed another person, which worried her because she has “little kids running around.”

Her boyfriend, Cheyenne Maceri of Sesser, heard that someone had died or possibly been murdered.

“Honestly, I thought it was a murder because I saw CSIs of some sort,” Maceri said.

Smith said she knew the man who lived in the house. 

“I am just concerned. He’s a nice guy who has been in the neighborhood for years.” Smith said.

The fact that police said there was no threat to the public did not calm Smith’s fears. She said she would consider moving if the situation turns out to be a murder.

“You just have to keep in mind that crazy stuff happens every day,” Maceri said.

In addition to West City Police and ISP Crime Scene Investigators, vehicles at the house included Franklin County Coroner, two ambulances from Abbott EMS and a couple unmarked vehicles. The ambulances left about 7:30 p.m. The coroner’s vehicle left shortly after 8 p.m.

The West City Police Department planned to send a news release after they are finished investigating at the home. 



Marilyn Halstead is a reporter covering Williamson County.

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