RIVERDALE, Ill. (STMW) - Illinois State Police are asking for the public’s help identifying a body found along with three others last year in a south suburban home where the owner was conducting an illegal in-home mortuary business.
Authorities discovered the human remains in the garage of a home in the 13900 block of South Dearborn in Riverdale about 7:30 p.m. Sept. 9, state police said at the time. Four bodies, one box of cremated remains, and a “bag of organs” were found in the garage, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.
Investigators believe the homeowner, Anton Godfrey, who died Aug. 29, 2015, was “improperly storing bodies in his home garage, which were prepared for burial,” a statement from ISP said. He had previously been “the subject of multiple court orders to cease and desist his in-home mortuary practices.”
Among the dead were Bridgette Godfrey, who died in February 2013 at the age of 50 of respiratory failure; Ruby Jackson, who died in August 2013 at age 62 of a stroke; and Torrence Henderson, who died in July 2011 at age 38 of a heart condition, according to the medical examiner’s office.
The cremains were identified as those of 44-year-old Andre Mabrey, who died in November 2013, but whose cause of death wasn’t immediately available, according to the medical examiner’s office.
The four bodies were “in various stages of decomposition.” The fourth body remains unidentified, and now authorities are asking for the public’s help to identify the remains.
Anyone who may have information is asked to call the ISP Zone 1 Investigations Unit at (847) 294-4600.