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Marion Police and Illinois State Police are investigating after officers discovered a dead body in a wooded area.

According to a news release from Marion Police Department, officers responded in early morning hours on Monday to a hotel in response to a report of a disturbance. While police investigated, two people of interest fled the hotel in a vehicle, according to the news release.

Officers pursued the vehicle, but before they could catch up, the vehicle lost control and crashed on Longstreet Road east of Illinois 37. The driver and passenger fled on foot into a wooded area.

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Marion and Herrin officers used a K-9 to track through the woods where the people of interest had fled. The K-9 led officers to the body of a dead white male lying in the wooded area, the release said.

Illinois State Police is investigating the human remains. Police did not identify the remains. It was not clear whether the remains belong to one of the people of interest who the police were chasing.

— The Southern

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