Death of woman in Kishwaukee River classified as homicide

Online Staff Report

The death of a Rockford woman pulled from the Kishwaukee River Sunday, April 20, has been classified as a homicide, police announced Tuesday, April 22. 

According to an autopsy, 46-year-old Beverly Gritzmaker died from blunt force trauma to her upper body. Gritzmaker was pronounced dead at 6 p.m., Sunday, after being found in the river near Kishwaukee Gorge Forest Preserve, 4643 Blackhawk Road earlier that day. Whether she died in the water or was dumped in the river is not known.

No suspects have been identified. Sheriff’s detectives are conducting a followup investigation.

Detectives are still conducting a followup investigation. Anyone with information is urged to call the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Department at (815) 319-6300 or Crime Stoppers at (815) 963-7867.


Body found in Kishwaukee River identified as Rockford woman

April 21, 2014

Online Staff Report

The woman found dead in the Kishwaukee River Sunday, April 20, has been identified as Beverly Janet Gritzmaker, 46, of Rockford.

Winnebago County Coroner Sue Fiduccia said Gritzmaker was pronounced dead at 6 p.m., Sunday after being pulled from the river by rescue personnel. Her cause of death is inconclusive pending forensic testing.

An autopsy is scheduled for Monday, April 21. Results from toxicology tests will be available in approximately two weeks, Fiduccia said.

The Winnebago County Sheriff’s office is investigating the case.


Probe continues of body found in Kishwaukee River

Online Staff Report

The investigation of a body found in the Kishwaukee River Sunday, April 20, continued Monday, April 21.

At approximately 3:46 p.m., Sunday, Winnebago County Sheriff’s deputies and other rescue units were sent to the area of the Kishwaukee Gorge Forest Preserve, 4643 Blackhawk Road, in reference to a body in the Kishwaukee River.

Fire Department personnel recovered the body and brought into Atwood Park in New Milford, where it was turned over to the Winnebago County Coroner’s Office.

The body is a white female, police said. Her identity is being withheld pending an autopsy and further investigation.

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