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John Henry Scott Odell

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Police have identified a body found Sunday in the 4800 block of Lincoln Avenue as that of a 24-year-old Belleville man.
John Henry Scott Odell, 24, a white male, had been shot several times in the head and neck. Odell's body was located in a ditch across the street from an abandoned vehicle that was parked on Lincoln Avenue, Illinois State Police Sgt. Dave Wasmuth said.
The vehicle that the victim's body was found near is a 1995 champagne-colored Mercury. It had Missouri temporary license plates on it.
Wasmuth said Sunday police did not have any suspects identified or a motive for the shooting.
The area where the body was found is remote and has been known as a high-crime area, Wasmuth said. Wasmuth said police did not know how long the body had been in the ditch.
The body was discovered by neighborhood children who were walking down the street, Wasmuth said.
He did not say whether police recovered a weapon.
Published in Belleville News-Democrat from Dec. 31, 2007 to Jan. 5, 2008
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