'No trauma' to body found in Vandalia home on Saturday

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Woman, son arrested on meth charges after body of missing man discovered

By Rich Bauer, Managing Editor

A Tower Hill man whose body was found in a Vandalia home on Saturday evening did not die from any type of physical injury, the Fayette County coroner said on Monday.
An autopsy performed on the body of James Mundy on Monday at St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital in Effingham did not show “any trauma,” such as gunshot or stabbing wounds, Coroner Bruce Bowen said.
The body of Mundy, 31, was found in the bedroom of a residence at 1909 Arrow Drive. Bowen said that Vandalia police officers went to the home of William F. and Sally J. Cyrus looking for information about Mundy, who was reported missing by family members last week.
Bowen, who pronounced Mundy dead at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, said that Mundy’s body had been placed between the box spring and mattress, and that the bed was lined with pillows and blankets, supposedly to hide the body.
Bowen estimated that Mundy died sometime on Wednesday.
Vandalia officers took Sally Cyrus, 55, and her son, William, 30, into custody on tickets alleging the unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine and obstruction of justice.
On Monday, Fayette County State’s Attorney Stephen Friedel filed charges of participation of methamphetamine manufacturing, unlawful possession of methamphetamine and unlawful disposal of methamphetamine-manufacturing waste – all of which are felonies – against both William and Sally Cyrus.
Friedel also charged Sally Cyrus with unlawful use of property, a class 2 felony which alleges that she permitted the manufacture of methamphetamine in her home.
The bond for each was set at $100,000.
Friedel said on Tuesday that an investigation into the death is continuing, and that he will not make any decisions on additional charges until that investigation is completed. As the investigation continues, authorities wait on the results of toxicology tests.
Vandalia Police Chief Larry Eason said on Tuesday that members of Mundy’s family came to the police station on Thursday. He said the family members reported that they had not heard from Mundy for some time, and that that was unusual.
City police officers went to the home, saw Mundy’s car and spoke with the Cyruses, who said that he was not at the residence, Eason said.
On Friday evening, the police chief said, officers returned to the home and got no response when they knocked on the front door. Later that evening, an individual reported to police that there were some people fighting outside the residence.
City officers, along with an Illinois State Police officer and two Fayette County Sheriff deputies went to the home, he said, and, based on information about the missing individual, forced their way inside the home after encountering some resistance.
The officers asked the Cyruses about Mundy, and they said he had been there, but left, said Eason.
While there, the officers searched the residence, but saw no evidence of Mundy.
On Saturday, Eason said, officers spoke with Michael Cyrus, another son of Sally Cyrus, who was housed in Fayette County Jail on drug charges.
Cyrus initially denied knowing anything about Mundy’s whereabouts, but when they went back to talk to him again, Cyrus said he had last seen Mundy on Wednesday.
He told officers that Mundy was sleeping, and had been sleeping “for a long, long time.”
Officers had returned to the Cyrus home during the day on Saturday, and got no response.
That evening, officers returned, and the Cyruses acknowledged their presence, but wouldn’t open the door. They eventually allowed them to enter, and a short time later, they told officers that the body was in a bedroom and led them to that location, Eason said.
Upon finding the body, officers contacted Bowen, and a state police crime scene technician was called to process the scene. Eason also noted that his department had been in regular contact with Friedel since the search for Mundy had gotten under way.
While there, officers also found a bag containing what they believed to be methamphetamine.