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A crime scene investigator from the Illinois State Police marks potential evidence related to a body discovered along Piles Fork Creek in the 900 block of East Main Street in Carbondale on Aug. 29.

CARBONDALE – Police Chief Jeff Grubbs said the individual whose body was discovered after officers responded to an active fire in the 900 block of East Main Street on Tuesday morning still has not been identified.

Grubbs said late Friday afternoon that anyone who knows of someone unaccounted for is encouraged to contact police. He said law enforcement also is scouring missing person reports from a multi-state database in an attempt to identify the individual.

“We continue to ask for the public’s help” in determining both the identification of the body and the circumstances that led to the individuals’ death.

An autopsy was conducted of the body, and forensic analyses is ongoing in an attempt to identify the individual, Grubbs said. According to the Carbondale Police Department’s news release on Tuesday, the body was discovered after a fire was extinguished.

The individual’s body was burned, Grubbs said, though he was not able to provide further information about whether the victim died before the fire or as a result of the fire. Further, no information has been released about the cause of the fire. The body was found outside in a grassy area near Piles Fork Creek near East Main Street, Grubbs said.

Police have not ruled out foul play at this stage, Grubbs said.

Anyone with information about the incident is encouraged to contact the City of Carbondale Police Department at 618-457-3200.

One can also call the Carbondale/SIU Crime Stoppers anonymous tip line at 618-549-2677 or the Murphysboro/Jackson County anonymous tip line at 618-687-2677.

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Molly Parker is general assignment and investigative projects reporter for The Southern Illinoisan.

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