Tuesday, June 10, 2008
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Woman's body found near Hartsburg

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[June 10, 2008]  MACKINAW (AP) -- Authorities in central Illinois were questioning the husband of a missing rural Mackinaw woman who was the subject of a search that was suspended when a body was discovered near Hartsburg.

Thirty-year-old MeLisa Cleary was last seen Friday night at her home. Her vehicle was found by family members over the weekend less than two miles from her home.

A body was discovered Monday in a rural area near Hartsburg, along Canadian National railroad tracks.

Logan County Coroner Robert Thomas says an official identification of the body, which showed obvious signs of trauma, is expected Tuesday.

Tazewell County sheriff's police say Daniel Cleary and the three Cleary children were found in a Peoria motel early Tuesday, hours after an Amber Alert was issued for the children. Authorities didn't say why Cleary was taken in for questioning. The children placed in protective custody.

[Associated Press]

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