Champaign Co. Coroner releases autopsy results of Clinton Lake Body

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CHAMPAIGN COUNTY – Champaign County Coroner Duane Northrup released more details regarding the death investigation of 24-year-old Ashley Gibson.

Authorities recently recovered human remains in Clinton Lake on Sunday, April 24. Coroner representatives were called to the scene at 10:23 AM and informed by Champaign Police that they believed the remains could be Ashley Gibson, who had been missing since April 17.

Members of the Champaign County Coroner’s Office met with representatives from the Champaign Police Department, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, the Illinois State Police Crime Scene Investigation Unit and the DeWitt County Coroner’s Office at Clinton Lake.

Champaign detectives said their investigation into Gibson’s disappearance was consistent with how the remains were discovered, including the fact that the remains were suspected to be dismembered.

The Champaign Police Department determined Gibson had died in Champaign County, so they decided the Champaign County Coroner would retain jurisdiction over the dismembered human remains. The remains were then taken from Clinton Lake and brought back to the Coroner’s Office for an autopsy.

An autopsy performed on Monday afternoon led to a positive identification being made through a tattoo and visual identification.

DNA tests may be performed at a later date. The preliminary autopsy results did not reveal any evidence of fatal injuries prior to death. Final results are pending toxicology test results.

This death is under investigation by the Champaign Police Department and the Coroner’s Office.

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