Rockford police investigate 17th Street murder

Online Staff Report

Rockford police are investigating the Jan. 25 murder of Christopher A. Kearns, 37.

Kearns — both a resident of Rockford and Montgomery City, Illinois — was found slumped over in the driver’s seat of a vehicle in the 1700 block of 17th Street in Rockford at around 5 a.m., Sunday, Jan. 25. He sustained what appeared to be a gunshot wound to the head.

A passerby had noticed the parked vehicle with the driver-side window partially broken out, with the engine running and the headlights illuminated. Upon further investigation, the passerby saw Kearns, the sole occupant of the vehicle, suffering what appeared to be a gunshot wound to the head. The passerby then contacted police.

The incident is being investigated as a homicide by detectives of the Rockford Police Department. No one is in custody at this time.

Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Rockford Police Department Shift Commander at (815) 987-5824 or Crime Stoppers at (815) 963-7867.

Posted Jan. 26, 2015

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