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DeKalb County Sheriff: No 'startling developments' in Schulz investigation

Published: Friday, July 25, 2014 3:24 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, July 25, 2014 11:53 p.m. CDT
(Danielle Guerra - dguerra@shawmedia.com )
A roadside memorial to Steven Schulz, 23, sits on the ground to the north side of the Glidden Rd. bridge over the north branch of the Kishwaukee River on Saturday, July 19, 2014. Schulz's body was found in the river on July 9, 2014, after his truck was found near the bridge and he was reported missing. An autopsy found he died of a gunshot wound fired from his gun.

SYCAMORE – Authorities are waiting for toxicology test results to make a determination about the death of Steven Schulz, whose body was found earlier this month with a gunshot wound from his own gun.

DeKalb County Sheriff Roger Scott said Friday that detectives have make no "startling developments" as they reviewed electronics information over the past couple of weeks. Both suicide and homicide remain possibilies in the open investigation as authorities wait for toxicology test results that are a routine part of autopsies.

"We've gathered information," Scott said. "We have an idea where we're headed, but we're not prepared to do anything either way until we actually feel comfortable doing that."

Schulz, 23, of DeKalb, was found dead in the north branch of the Kishwaukee River near the Glidden Road bridge near Route 72 on July 9, two days after his family reported him missing. On July 10, divers found Schulz's gun that he purchased legally about a year earlier just east of the bridge, about 800 feet east of where his body had been found.

There was no evidence of a struggle, and authorities considered it an isolated incident with no threat to public safety.

At least 200 people gathered at Hopkins Park in DeKalb on July 11 to remember Schulz, nicknamed Schulzy, celebrating his love for tow trucks, cars, and cutoff jean shorts. At various times, he had worked for Accurate Towing, 3M, and Oak Crest Retirement Center, and had been a cast member at Walt Disney World. He was a member of the Sycamore Elks Club and Sycamore United Methodist Church.

A roadside memorial with handwritten messages and colorful flowers was placed north of the Glidden Road bridge.

On Friday, DeKalb County Coroner Dennis Miller said he expected the test results back from the lab within a week.

"Once I get that back I'll send that over to the pathologist, and she'll make that part of the [autopsy] report," Miller said.

Then, Miller, Scott, and investigators from the sherrif's office and DeKalb police department will review the case. If there's not a clear consensus among police and Schulz' family about the manner of death, Miller could hold an inquest to let a public jury determine it.

"I know everyone wants answers, but it's not like NCIS on TV," Scott said. "They get the results in an hour."

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