NORMAL - Funeral services are set for an Illinois State University student whose badly burned body was found more than two months ago in the rubble of a Mississippi chicken house, authorities said Thursday.
The remains of 21-year-old Olamide Adeyooye were released Wednesday to a suburban Chicago funeral home that is handling arrangements, McLean County Coroner Beth Kimmerling said.
Authorities said the body had at the Bloomington morgue since Nov. 17, after another round of forensic tests to pinpoint the ISU senior's cause of death. Two earlier autopsies were inconclusive, but prosecutors have said Adeyooye died of bleeding due to a "penetrating injury."
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Normal police Lt. Mark Kotte referred questions about the latest tests to McLean County State's Attorney Bill Yoder, who did not immediately return a call for comment Thursday.
Adeyooye, scheduled to graduate this month from the 20,000-student university, was last seen renting videos Oct. 13 near her off-campus apartment in Normal. Her body was found Oct. 21 in a Mississippi chicken house that had burned four days earlier.
Maurice Wallace, 27, who lived in the same block as Adeyooye, was charged in her death earlier this month and has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder, concealing a homicide and theft of a motor vehicle. He is being held in lieu of more than $2 million bond.
A funeral mass for Adeyooye, a native of Nigeria who moved to Berkeley in suburban Chicago when she was 8, will be at 10 a.m. on Dec. 31 at St. Domitilla Church in Hillside, according to Hennessy-Bruno Funeral Home in Oakbrook Terrace, which is handling arrangements. Visitation will be from 3 to 7 p.m. Dec. 30 at the church.
Burial will be in Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Hillside.