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Police: Shabbona man found dead near Waterman

Published: Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014 7:47 p.m. CST • Updated: Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014 10:00 p.m. CST

WATERMAN – A 20-year-old Shabbona area man was found dead Thursday afternoon near a frozen creek in rural Waterman, DeKalb County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Gary Dumdie said.

Devin G. Blakeley had attended a New Year's Eve party Tuesday and walked away from a party at 10720 Duffy Road about 2 a.m. Wednesday, authorities said. Police were notified about 2:45 p.m. Thursday after he was found just east of the party location.

"He was located by two of his friends [Thursday] afternoon; that's when they called us," Dumdie said. "He had not been reported missing prior to his friends contacting us."

The incident happened northeast of Waterman near the intersection of Duffy Road and Route 23.

Police believe alcohol was involved but need to wait for autopsy results before determining more, Dumdie said. DeKalb County Sheriff's police and the DeKalb County Coroner's Office are investigating the death.

"As far as what happened, we don't know for sure at this point," Dumdie said. "We're still putting pieces together and interviewing people who were there. We don't believe there was any foul play, but we have not ruled that out positively."

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