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Investigators wait for lab results in teen's death

Published: Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013 10:58 a.m. CST
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Jonathan Williams

Law enforcement officials continue to investigate the death of an Oregon teen while awaiting the results of lab tests.

Oregon Police Chief Darin DeHaan said Tuesday that his department is continuing to follow up on leads into the death of Jonathan Williams, but has no new information to release.

Williams, 18, died Aug. 11 at OSF St. Anthony Medical Center, Rockford, after being injured in a fight in the wee hours of Aug. 10 at an underage drinking party at 804 Monroe St., Oregon.

DeHaan said the results are not yet available from toxicology and pathology testing done during theautopsy at the Winnebago County Coroner's office.

"We're waiting for information from the coroner's office," DeHaan said.

Winnebago County Chief Deputy Coroner Bill Hintz said Tuesday that he, too, is still awaiting the test results that should indicate why Williams died.

He said tissue samples were sent to a Chicago area lab for testing.

"It takes a while for the results to come in," Hintz said. "It takes several months."

He said previously that because more testing than usual was done during the autopsy, the results will take more time.

Williams, who would have been a senior at Oregon High School, was an organ donor.

Oregon police were called about 3:15 a.m. Aug. 10 by a neighbor who reported a disturbance outside the home on Monroe Street.

At that time, police arrested five teens for underage drinking outside the home and another a block away.

Several more party-goers scattered when police arrived, DeHaan said. Mt. Morris police and Ogle County deputies assisted at the scene.

The fight had occurred outside the house before police arrived in the early morning hours, DeHaan said.

The police who responded to the call did not see Williams, and none of the people there at the time mentioned that he had been injured, he said.

Williams was found unconscious and unresponsive inside the home at 8:19 a.m., after a second 911 call from a "father figure" of one of the teens who had spent the night at the home after the party, DeHaan said.

Police reports of the incident were turned over to Ogle County State's Attorney Michael Rock on Aug. 21.

Rock said Tuesday that he will not make a decision on whether or not a person or persons will be charged until after he has received all forensic reports from the autopsy.

"We want all the information before deciding what charges to file," he said.

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