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Police: Human remains found over the weekend in Rockford are missing Mendota man

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ROCKFORD (WREX) -- Mendota Police and the Winnebago County Coroner confirm that human remains found over the weekend in the 3600 block of Auburn Street are Wesley Shaver, a missing man from Mendota.

The human remains were found on Saturday in a wooded area near 3605 Auburn Street. Police say they had been there for quite some time.

"The search for Wesley J. Shaver of Mendota has ended," Mendota Police posted on Facebook. "On behalf of the Wesley Shaver family, we regret to report that Wesley was found deceased in the City of Rockford on 03/20/2021."

Shaver was reported missing to Mendota Police on October 2, 2020. He was last seen in Rockford on September 22, 2020.

"Our heartfelt sympathy and condolences goes out to the Shaver family in their time of need." Mendota Police said. "Wesley’s cause of death is being investigated by the Rockford Police Department and the Winnebago County Coroner’s Office. Rest In Peace Wesley."

Mendota Police, Rockford Police and the Winnebago County Coroner's Office had been in contact for days about the remains that were found. However, they were waiting to confirm it was Shaver through dental records matching the remains that were found.

Authorities said on Monday that the death does not appear to be suspicious at this time. The official cause of death will be revealed after an autopsy by the Winnebago County Coroner’s Office.

James Stratton

James Stratton is the Evening Anchor at 13 WREX and reports for 13 Investigates He joined the team in August, 2018 after working at KWQC TV-6 in Davenport Iowa. His work in Illinois and Iowa has been awarded in both states, along with Edward R. Murrow and Emmy Awards at 13 WREX.

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