Contributed by Amy Robbins-Tjaden
Description: Floating Body IdentifiedDate: March 31 1921
Newspaper published in: Minonk
Identify Floating Body
James W. Carter of Secor, Drowned in Illinois River at Pekin
Identification of the body found floating in the Illinois river at Pekin last Wednesday, as that of James W. Carter, Secor man, missing since Mar. 2, was made at Pekin Thursday morning by James C. Wood, of Secor, an uncle of the dead man.
Scars on Carter's body, together with the clothing worn, enabled Mr Wood, whose notice was attracted by a story in the Peoria Journal, saying that the dead man might be Carter, to make positive identification.
No grounds for foul play were brought out at the inquest called by Dr R.L. Clary, deputy coroner, that morning, but several witnesses testified that Carter, who was 50 years old, had been despondent before he disappeared and that fear had been felt that he might have ended his life.
An open verdict, putting death as due to drowning some time between March 2 and 23, was returned.
Carter was said to have been in need of funds to meet a hospital bill of $400 for an operation performed two years ago. He also lacked money to carry on his farming operations, it was brought out at the inquest. He is supposed to have come to Peoria by train from Secor and the belief is held that he may have ended his life by jumping into the river.
The body was taken to Secor Thursday afternoon.