Police continue to investigate the apparent homicide of 20-year-old Colin Nutter, of Highland Park, whose body was found in Wilmette on Monday night.
At about 8:30 p.m. on Monday night, a girl walking her dog came across Nutter’s body in the brush on the east side of Frontage Road, south of the intersection of Old Glenview Road and Briar Drive in Wilmette – just east of the Edens Expressway. Forensic specialists were on the scene through the night, said Wilmette Police Chief Brian King, and Nutter was identified on Tuesday morning by fingerprints.
Nutter’s body showed “obvious signs of trauma” and was transported to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office for a scheduled autopsy Wednesday. The Wilmette Police Department is being assisted in the homicide investigation by the North Regional Major Crimes Task Force and the Highland Park Police Department.
Throughout Tuesday, police released no further information on Nutter’s death. A month ago, Highland Park police had responded to a burglary at his family’s home on the 900 block of Harvard Court, but it’s not yet clear if the two incidents are connected.
Until early Tuesday evening, the Nutter home was cordoned off with the yellow police tape as police investigated inside, and reporters and camera crews milled about on the sidewalk.
On the front home of the Nutter door, a sign read: “Please respect our privacy and do not bother us at this extremely difficult time. Thank you!”
Across the street from the Nutter home, Sarah Weissman and her daughter, Liz, described Colin Nutter as a quiet young man who kept to himself. Liz Weissman rode the school bus with him for 11 years, but said they rarely spoke. She clutched a high school yearbook, having hoped to find his picture, but Nutter was listed as “not pictured.”
“I didn’t know him that well, but he was always really nice,” Liz Weissman said. “He wasn’t with a bad group of friends at all.”
Sarah Weissman said she occasionally exchanged pleasantries with Colin’s mother, Angie.
“It’s just so sad that anyone has to die like that,” Sarah Weissman said.
On May 4, just after midnight, Highland Park police responded to a burglary at the Nutter home. Cameron Goodwin, 17, of Highland Park, was arrested on charges of residential burglary and marijuana possession. Two others, both minors, were also also charged.
A broken basement window and a stolen iPad were reported in the incident. The iPad was later recovered.
Several neighbors on the street described the Nutter family as friendly but private people, and said they knew little about Colin Nutter.
“We’ve lived here 30-some-odd years and the only time I’ve ever even seen the son was after the burglary, talking to the police,” said Jay Denenberg, a commodities broker who lives down the street.
Denenberg shook his head as he took in the scene on typically tranquil Harvard Court.
“Nothing ever goes on around here,” he said.
Earlier in the day, a spokeswoman for the Township High School District 113 confirmed that Nutter graduated from Highland Park High School in 2011.
Anyone with information on the investigation is asked to call the tip line of the North Regional Major Crimes Task Force at 847-853-7580 or the Wilmette Police Department at 847-256-1200.
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