Peoria County Coroner Jamie Harwood


Skeletal remains found on the banks of the Illinois River over the weekend don't belong to any of the three  Peoria County residents who have disappeared in recent years.

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A 91-year-old man is the Tri-County area's first COVID-19 linked death.

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A man died yesterday of cold exposure.

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Peoria County Sheriff Brian Asbell said a skull and torso found separately in the Illinois River three years ago have been positively identified.

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An 80-year-old Peoria woman died Tuesday due to cold weather exposure.

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Peoria County Coroner Jamie Harwood is warning the public of three deadly "designer drugs" he said are appearing locally.

Between October and December 2019, three people died from three different "new emerging psychoactive substances." 

Tianeptine, an antidepressant used to treat major depressive disorder, killed someone in October. The drug is showing up in various powders, counterfeit pills, and heroin. 

The Peoria County Coroner says a 6-month-old girl died from a lack of oxygen to her brain. 

A 3-year-old from Metamora drowned Monday morning in a lake near his family's home.

Luke Rynearson, 3, lived at Lake Wildwood Mobile Home Park on Horseshoe Lane. Family members reported him missing around 7:30 a.m.

Family members said he slipped out without anyone noticing. He was soon found unresponsive and not breathing in a lake.

The child was taken to OSF Saint Francis Medical Center. Peoria County Coroner Jamie Harwood pronounced Rynearson dead just before 10 a.m.

Harwood said there are no signs of trauma or foul play.

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A Peoria man is dead in the city's 18th homicide of 2019.

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Remains found near Edelstein in far north Peoria County on Tuesday may be those of missing Peoria County woman Tiffini Murphy.

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Peoria County Coroner Jamie Harwood is releasing preliminary autopsy results in two recent homicides in the city of Peoria.

Harwood said Theresa Simmons, 63, suffered blunt force trauma to her head, which caused fractures and severe brain bleeding. Simmons died on Aug. 17 after she was found in her home in the 700 block of W. Loucks Ave. on Aug. 12. 

Her son, Jeremy Simmons, is charged with her death. He's being held on $2 million bond in the Peoria County Jail. 

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A Peoria man is dead in the city's 17th homicide of 2019.

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A 49-year-old man was shot and killed just before 4 a.m. Monday in Peoria's East Bluff neighborhood.

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A Peoria woman died Sunday due to the extreme heat, coupled with a lack of air conditioning.

A nationwide increase in falling deaths is raising concern over the quality of care for seniors.

Fatal falls in the U.S. have tripled, according to recent medical journal reports. More than 800 Illinoisans died after a fall from 2008 to 2014.

Peoria County Coroner Jamie Harwood said while falls might not cause immediate death, they can lead to other fatal health problems.

PEORIA -- A 16-year-old male was fatally shot in a driveway in Peoria's East Bluff on Wednesday afternoon.

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TRIVOLI -- An 18-year-old rural Elmwood woman is dead after a two vehicle accident on W. Farmington Road late Saturday morning.

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The Peoria County Coroner is offering a message of concern. Jamie Harwood says the man found deceased in Peoria Heights Tuesday was the third person in the Peoria area to die from apparent drug overdoses in the last two weeks.

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The woman whose body was found in a north Peoria ditch last year died from strangulation.

A Peoria man is dead following a house fire on the city’s south side.

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An 82-year-old man Marquette Heights man died Tuesday due to cold exposure.

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Autopsies are complete on the two Peoria men killed in a Tuesday morning shooting.

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Autopsies are pending on the two Peoria men killed in an overnight shooting. 22-year-old Braden M. Huerta and 23-year-old Alijah W. Sumrell were found in the 200 block of East Virginia.


The driver whose semi-truck collided with a school bus on Interstate 74 last month was not intoxicated at the time of the crash.

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A weekend snowmobile crash has claimed the life of a Utica man. 58 year-old Brian M. Kelly died at a Peoria hospital Sunday.

A 43-year old Peoria man is the city’s latest homicide victim. Jerrimic Booker died early Wednesday morning at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center.

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Authorities say the Peoria woman killed Sunday night suffered multiple gunshot wounds.

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A Peoria man likely died instantly after suffering three gunshot wounds Tuesday night. That’s the conclusion of the Peoria County Coroner’s office.

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The Princeville couple found Tuesday in the Spoon River fought for their lives. Peoria County Coroner Jamie Harwood announced the autopsy findings of Susan Brill de Ramirez and Antonio Ramirez Barron Wednesday.

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A single vehicle accident has claimed the life of a Peoria businessman.