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Sheriff: Schulz died of self-inflicted gunshot wound

Published: Thursday, July 31, 2014 4:21 p.m. CDT
Photo provided Steven Schulz, 23, of DeKalb, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, authorities said.

SYCAMORE – DeKalb County authorities announced Thursday that 23-year-old Steven Schulz died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

DeKalb County Sheriff Roger Scott said toxicolgy results standard in autopsies showed no drugs of any significance in Schulz's system. Scott and DeKalb County Coroner Dennis Miller talked with Schulz's family on Wednesday.

"Our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Steven Schulz," Miller and Scott wrote in a joint news release Thursday.

Schulz, a 2009 Sycamore High School graduate, was found dead July 9 in the north branch of the Kishwaukee River near the Glidden Road bridge near Route 72, 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.

At least 200 people gathered July 11 at Hopkins Park in DeKalb 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.

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