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Decomposed body found in rural Knox County village

Knox County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a storage unit in Maquon on Friday evening, after a report of a suspicious odor.

The owner of the storage unit reportedly told deputies the odor was a dead possum.

But when deputies asked the owner to open a box inside the storage unit, they found human remains.

The remains have not been identified. The owner of the storage unit was detained and then taken to OSF St. Mary Medical Center in Galesburg for treatment of medical condition.

Illinois State Police are investigating.

Maquon is a village of around 200 hundred residents in southern Knox County, 16 miles southeast of Galesburg.

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Jane Carlson is TSPR's regional reporter.