Body found half-mile from site of SUV crash, hours after police are called

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STOCKTON, Illinois — A man was found dead a half-mile away from where a Chevy Blazer went off the road and crashed into a creek.

The crash was reported around 1:35 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, November 24, 2016, according to a statement from the Jo Daviess County Sheriff’s Office.  Officers found the 1995 Chevy on its side in a shallow creek off of North Tiger Whip Road, just north of East Chelsea Road. The crash was northeast of Stockton, and south of Nora.

Police said that “a search, utilizing manpower and two K9 teams, was performed for the driver,” but they didn’t find anyone.

It wasn’t until 7:45 p.m. that someone found the body of 32-year-old Adam R. Ross, from Freeport, Illinois, according to the statement.  Ross’ body was found in a farm pasture about a half-mile away from the crash site.

Police determined that the Chevy had been headed northbound on North Tiger Whip Road when it went off the road to the east.  The car went over a cement culvert and rolled onto the  passenger side.

Hazmat teams were called to the scene to contain oil and gas that had leaked into the creek.

Both the crash and the death investigations were ongoing.