Man found dead in wooded area after crash identified

Man found dead after police chase and crash

MARION, Ill. (KFVS) - The body of a man found in a wooded area near Marion, Illinois has been identified.

Williamson County Coroner Michael “Junior” Burke confirms Dewayne Allen Lyerla, 34 of Johnston City, was found dead on Monday, Nov. 4.

An autopsy was performed on Tuesday.

Burke said preliminary results will not be available for another three-to-four weeks.

Lyerla’s body was found by a Marion and Herrin Police K-9 in a wooded area near Longstreet Road, east of Illinois Route 37.

The discovery of Lyerla began after Marion Police received a call about a disturbance at a local hotel early Monday morning.

During the investigation, two people of interest drove away from the scene with Marion Police in pursuit.

The suspect’s vehicle lost control and crashed on Longstreet Rd.

After the crash, the suspects ran away into a wooded area.

Police units searched the woods and found Lyerla’s body.

Marion Police and Illinois State Police both are investigating.

The investigation into Lyerla’s death is being handled by ISP.

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