Autopsy for Alleged Beating Victim Set for Tuesday

Police say they are waiting for Cook County Medical Examiner's report to determine cause of death for 51-year-old man who died five days after he was found unconscious in front of Oak Lawn home.

An autopsy has been scheduled for an Oak Lawn man who died under mysterious circumstances at the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office on Tuesday morning.

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Terry Reichert, 51, five days after he was found severly injured on his front door step.

His family believe that he may have been beaten after being dropped off at home sometime after 1 a.m. Jan. 30.

Family members said that Reichert had gone to watch his brother compete in a pool league at Town Lounge in Hometown last Tuesday evening. The brothers left the bar around 1:10 a.m. when Reichert’s brother dropped him at his home near 109th Street and Komensky Avenue.

Oak Lawn Police said his brother drove off without seeing if Reichert got into the house.

Reichert’s fiancé found him lying unconscious on his front door step several hours later around 6:15 a.m. A police news release said he sustained facial injuries. His family described his injuries as being substantial, including bruising on his front and back.

Family members say that his wallet and house keys were still in his pockets when he was found unconscious. Police confirmed that Reichert's wallet, keys and clothes were disposed of by Christ Hospital emergency room staff because they had blood on them and were considered "bio-hazardous."

Police want to know what happened between the time Reichert was dropped off at home and the time he was found several hours later, presumably after laying out in the rain all night.

Asked if their investigation would now be upgraded to a possible homicide investigation, Division Chief Michael Kaufmann said via email that police are waiting for the medical examiner’s report.

Reichert was a graduate of Oak Lawn Community High School and was a carpenter. He had spent much of the past several months building an addition to his home so that his fiancé and her children could move in.

A family member said Reichert was unemployed due to carpentry work being slow in the winter.

A Facebook page has been set up in Reichert's memory, where he was remembered as a fun-loving, funny, loyal brother and friend who came from a strong family.

Read more coverage:

  • Family Thinks Brother Found Unconscious Was Beaten
  • Oak Lawn Man Found Unconscious Dies of Injuries

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Bob Laird February 05, 2013 at 02:51 PM
The hospital staff disposed of clothes, keys and wallet? Wouldn't that be evidance? Odd.
don vetsch February 05, 2013 at 11:46 PM
Doctors removed front portion of his skull to relieve pressure and this was an accident. are you kidding me? please just stop...
jmdeunger February 06, 2013 at 03:59 PM
Until you work a trauma like this you may not realize the the doctors and nurses are worried about saving a life not where the clothes went after they cut everything off. Not that we know what happened but again until you have worked a few years in trauma you would be surprised at what a fall can do.


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