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Coroner releases information on two deaths

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By The Staff

Fayette County Coroner Bruce Bowen reported two deaths in Fayette County late last week.
Bowen said that late Thursday evening, Tommy Collier, 60, of Odin, was found dead in a corn crib near Shobonier.
The coroner said that Collier was on a farm grinding corn for cattle at the time of his death.
He said that Collier’s wife contacted the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office after being unable to locate her husband. A sheriff’s deputy found Collier in the corn crib.
Bowen pronounced Collier dead at the scene at 12:27 a.m. on Friday.
An investigation into Collier’s death was continuing, and an autopsy was held to determine the cause of death.
Bowen also reported that a Beecher City man was found dead in his residence by his girlfriend early Saturday.
He said that the death of 30-year-old Dustin Burgess “appears to be of other than natural causes.”
He pronounced Burgess dead at the scene at 7:58 a.m. on Saturday.
Bowen and the Illinois State Police are continuing to investigate the death, and an autopsy was scheduled.