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The Investigations Section is divided into the General Investigations Unit, Financial Crimes/Public Corruption Unit, and the Criminalistics Unit. The main function of the Investigations Section is to provide criminal investigative expertise and support to the various units of the Sheriff’s Police, as well as numerous, outside requesting agencies. Detectives assigned investigations complete specialized training specific to their disciplines.

Cemeteries in Unincorporated Cook County

“When a citizen reports finding what they believe to be a human bone in a cemetery you can expect an investigation to follow.”

Read more from the open letter sent to cemeteries in unincorporated Cook County on August 26th, 2009 ->
How can I report suspected criminal activity about a Cook County cemetery to law enforcement?

  • For cemeteries in unincorporated Cook County, contact the Cook County Sheriff’s Police Department at (708) 865-6244 or fill out the form below, which shows a list of cemeteries in unincorporated Cook County.
  • For cemeteries in Cook County that are not on the list below (those cemeteries are in incorporated areas) contact the police department for the area where the cemetery is located.

What cemeteries are in unincorporated Cook County?

ALL SAINTS CEMETERY (EAST SIDE)
700 N. RIVER RD
DES PLAINES, ILLINOIS 60016
1-847-298-0450
MOUNT HOPE CEMETERY
11500 S. FAIRFIELD AVE
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS 60655
1-708-371-2818
ACACIA PARK CEMETERY
7800 W. IRVING PARK RD.
NORRIDGE, IL 60706
1-773-625-7800
MOUNT GLENWOOD MEMORIAL GARDENS
18301 E. GLENWOOD THORNTON RD
GLENWOOD, ILLINOIS 60425
1-708-758-5663
ASSUMPTION CATHOLIC CEMETERY
19500 S. COTTAGE GROVE
GLENWOOD, ILLINOIS 60425
708-758-4772
MOUNT VERNON MEMORIAL ESTATES
11875 ARCHER AVE
LEMONT, ILLINOIS 60439
630-257-7711
BEVERLY CEMETERY
12033 KEDZIE AVE
BLUE ISLAND, ILLINOIS 60406
1-708-385-0750
OAK HILL CEMETERY
11900 KEDZIE AVE
BLUE ISLAND, ILLINOIS 60406
1-708-385-0132
CALVARY CATHOLIC CEMETERY
STEGER .25 MI EAST OF WESTERN
STEGER, ILLINOIS 60475
708-758-4772
(OFFICE AT ASSUMPTION CATHOLIC CEMETERY – ABOVE)
OAK RIDGE CEMETERY
1991 THORNTON-LANSING RD
LANSING, IL
1-708-333-0622
(OFFICE AT FIRST REFORMED CHURCH OF SOUTH HOLLAND –
15924 PARK AVENUE SOUTH HOLLAND, IL 60473)
CEDAR PARK CEMETERY
12540 S. HALSTED ST
CALUMET PARK, ILLINOIS 60827
708-388-8605
OAK RIDGE AND GLEN OAK CEMETERIES
4301 ROOSEVELT RD
HILLSIDE, ILLINOIS 60162
708-344-5600
FAIRMOUNT WILLOW HILLS
MEMORIAL PARK
9100 ARCHER AVE
WILLOW SPRINGS, ILLINOIS 60480
1-708-839-8500
RANDHILL PARK AND SHALOM MEMORIAL PARK CEMETERIES
1700 WEST RAND ROAD
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, IL  60004
1-847-255-3520
FIRST LUTHERAN EVANGELICAL CEMETERY
4135 W. 127th ST
ALSIP, ILLINOIS 60803
1-708-388-3377
RIDGEWOOD MEMORIAL PARK CEMETERY
9900 MILWAUKEE AVE
DES PLAINES, ILLINOIS 60016
847-824-4145
HOLY SEPULCHRE CATHOLIC CEMETERY
6001 W. 111th ST
ALSIP, ILLINOIS 60803
1-708-422-3020
ST. GABRIEL CATHOLIC CEMETERY
164th STREET AND CICERO AVENUE
OAK FOREST, IL 60452
1-773-239-4422
(OFFICE AT SAINT CASIMIR CATHOLIC CEMETERY – 4401 W. 111TH STREET CHICAGO, IL 60655)
HOMEWOOD MEMORIAL GARDENS CEMETERY
600 RIDGE RD
HOMEWOOD, ILLINOIS 60430
1-708-798-0055
ST. JOHN CEMETERY
1475 W ALGONQUIN RD
PALATINE, IL 60067
1-847-358-7620
LAKEWOOD MEMORIAL PARK
0W730 US HIGHWAY 20
ELGIN, ILLINOIS 60120
847-741-4040
ST. JOHN LUTHERAN CEMETERY
WEST LAKE AVENUE, ¼ MILE EAST OF I-294
GLENVIEW, IL  60026
(in front of Bookview Village Apartment Complex)
1-847-296-5727
LINCOLN CEMETERY
12250 KEDZIE AVE
ALSIP, ILLINOIS 60803
708-445-5400
ST. MICHAEL THE ARCHANGEL
CATHOLIC CEMETERY
1185 E. ALGONQUIN RD
PALATINE, IL 60067
1-847-397-3284
MARYHILL CATHOLIC CEMETERY
and MAUSOLEUM
8600 MILWAUKEE AVE.
NILES, ILLINOIS 60714
847-823-0982
ST. NICHOLAS CEMETERY
8901 W. HIGGINS RD
CHICAGO, IL 60631
1-773-693-9718
MEMORY GARDENS CEMETERY
2501 E. EUCLID AVE
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, ILLINOIS 60004
847-255-1010
WESTLAWN CEMETERY
7801 WEST MONTROSE AVE
NORRIDGE, IL 60706
1-773-625-8600
MOUNT GREENWOOD
2900 W. 111th ST
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS 60655
773-233-0136

How can I report suspected criminal activity about a Cook County Cemetery to law enforcement?

Fill out the following form and click SUBMIT when you are done.


Criminalistics

The Criminalistics Section is comprised of Evidence Technicians (ETs) who aid investigators by identifying, collecting, and preserving evidence at crime scenes. Combining their responses to requests from the Sheriff’s Police, local suburban agencies and task forces, the ETs process more than 500 crime scenes a year. Their meticulous efforts are a large part of the successful prosecution of thousands of cases.

General Investigations

Members of the General Investigations Unit conduct all criminal investigative follow-up work on crimes in unincorporated Cook County, Cook County Forest Preserves, and the Village of Ford Heights. They are also members of numerous regional major crime task forces and assist local suburban agencies as requested. More than 4,000 cases a year are assigned to the detectives in this unit.

Included in this Unit is the Polygraph Division; the Accident Reconstruction Unit, whose investigators respond to all fatal accidents in unincorporated Cook County, as well as most of the suburban incorporated roads; and a forensic sketch artist, who is one of the few artists who still compiles drawings by hand.

Detectives in this unit are also responsible for registering offenders convicted of specific sex crimes, first degree murder, and/or crimes against youth, who reside, attend school and/or work in unincorporated Cook County. Detectives also ensure these offenders are in compliance with the terms of their release and with the law.

Missing Persons

A prompt response, as well as, identifying key evidence and witnesses is the most important steps to investigating a missing person report. An investigator must be able to determine if the circumstances indicate the missing person is voluntarily missing, has disappeared under unusual circumstances, or may be the victim of a crime. Special emphasis must be placed on a “high risk” missing person.

An example of a “high risk” missing person is a tender age child (under 13), elderly person, and/or disabled person. Also a person who is missing under circumstances indicating their physical safety may be in danger would qualify. These types of investigations sometimes require massive amounts of police resources. It is important to note that once evidence and/or witnesses are overlooked in a missing person investigation that the case could be irreversibly damaged. That is why this type of investigation has to be conducted properly the first time. A pitfall in these types of investigations is complacency.

It is well known that the vast majority of missing persons return or are located. This fact can lead the public and investigators to “wait and see”, as oppose to, attacking the event immediately. Investigators must keep in mind the relationship between unidentified deceased persons and missing persons when conducting these types of investigations because today’s missing could be tomorrow’s death investigation. Knowledge and use of national missing person databases like NamUs (national missing and unidentified persons system) and NECMEC (national center for missing and exploited children) are also investigative tools.

The most important part is contacting the police as soon as it is suspected that a person is missing. The public should know that there is NO time limit to report a missing person. As covered above, prompt reporting and response is one of the most important steps. Have contemporary photographs on hand for your loved ones because the police will require them. Pay special attention to elderly persons with dementia, Alzheimer’s, or any other mental/physical condition. We recently had a few missing endangered seniors that have been successfully resolved, but they are very time and labor intensive investigations.

To report a missing loved one, please call your local law enforcement agency as soon as possible. Any further questions, please contact the Cook County Sheriff’s Police Investigations Unit (708) 865-4700.

Public Corruption & Financial Crimes Unit

The Public Corruption/Financial Crimes Unit is tasked with investigating financial crimes that occur in both the public and private sector. It is dedicated to working with local government agencies to weed out dishonest employees and will also work with community groups and advocates to investigate financial crimes against seniors and disabled citizens.

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