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Ottawa store owner’s death not considered criminal

Posted by wlpo on April 5, 2013

After combing the area of a liquor store in Ottawa where the co-owner was found dead, police say they don’t believe a crime was committed. 

Herman’s Package Store co-owner Joseph Ferrero was found dead behind the store Wednesday morning.  Soon, police had the area taped off and were joined by the La Salle County Coroner and the Illinois State Police Crime Scene Investigators.

Police say nothing of value was missing from Ferrero or the store, there were no signs of a struggle and no one else was seen on surveillance videos. 

The investigation won’t be over until more lab results are received. 

Police say that Ferrero’s brother, Jim asked to express the family’s sorrow and say that Ferrero had suffered an illness which had recently worsened. 

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