Man charged after mother’s remains found in Chicago lagoon

Brian Peck

ELGIN, Ill. (AP) — Murder charges have been filed against a man whose mother’s dismembered remains are believed to have been found in a Chicago park lagoon, police said Tuesday.

Brian Peck, 55, of the Chicago suburb of Elgin, faces two counts of first-degree murder and one count of concealment of a homicidal death, Elgin police said. He was scheduled to appear for a bond hearing Tuesday afternoon in Cook County court in Rolling Meadows.

Police said Peck called authorities Friday afternoon and said his mother, Gail Peck, 76, went for a walk with her dog and the dog returned home without her. That prompted an hours-long search that included officers on foot, a drone, helicopter and all-terrain vehicles.

On Saturday, two duffel bags containing human remains were discovered in a lagoon at Chicago’s Lincoln Park after a fisherman found one of the bags. Chicago police said a dive team found the second bag.

Elgin police said Tuesday that investigators have evidence the body is Gail Peck. They also are doing DNA testing, which isn’t complete, but police have enough evidence to charge Brian Peck, deputy chief Bill Wolf said.

The (Arlington Heights) Daily Herald reports that DuPage County records show Gail Peck filed an order of protection against her son in March 2016. She told police they argued about loud music he was playing and he twice put her in a chokehold and said he was going to kill her.

Court records show Brian Peck pleaded guilty in June 2016 to domestic battery causing bodily harm and received a 100-day jail sentence.