Human remains discovered in a nature reserve in a suburb of Chicago have been identified as United Airlines chief Jacob Cefolia, who has been missing for over a year, an autopsy has confirmed.
Cefolia, 50, was found hanging by a belt from a torn tree in a densely wooded area of the Waterfall Glen Forest Preserve in Darien, Illinois, DuPage County Forest Preserve Chief David Pederson announced Sunday.
His wallet, driver’s license and a backpack with personal belongings were found at the scene. Clothes that matched what Cefolia was last seen wearing were also uncovered. Error play is not expected.
Cefolia was first reported missing on August 8, 2020. His vehicle was found parked outside the nature reserve, but his body was never found despite a major multi-agency search in the 2,500-acre forest.
Police say the area has been searched several times. The area has a dense wooden canopy, very thick bars and dense vegetation, and was not close to where the police found Cefolia’s vehicle parked, ”said the police.
Cefolia’s body was discovered by contractors in an area south of a youth group. He was identified by a forensic dentist through dental records.
“On behalf of the Forest Preserve District, I would like to send our sincere condolences to his family and friends,” Pederson said. “We hope this will at least close his family and friends.”