At about 7:50 a.m. Nov. 23, Kane County sheriff’s deputies were contacted by Hampshire Police about skeletal remains and clothing they found in a heavily wooded area behind 1811 Cameron Drive in Hampshire. The property behind the house is outside the village limits.
Hampshire police were in that area doing a follow up search in relation to a missing person case they began investigating on May 7. In that case, Kathey Wilk, 52, of 1721 Cameron Drive, was reported missing by her brother. Hampshire Police have been actively working the missing person case and were checking the area after the weather turned and the heavy dense brush died off.
Kane County sheriff’s detectives have now begun a death investigation regarding the remains that were located. The Wilk family has been notified that remains have been found, but at this point detectives are not able to readily identify the remains. Detectives are hopeful that a positive identification will be made by comparing dental records of the remains to that of Wilk. Detectives have not been able to determine the cause of death.
Wilk has a history of prior suicide attempts, and Hampshire police did locate a note inside her residence when she was initially reported missing.
The case remains under investigation by the Kane County Sheriff’s Office. Hampshire police are working closely with sheriffs’ detectives.