CALUMET CITY | Calumet City police on Thursday brought in a cadaver dog to continue the search for a missing hairstylist believed killed by her boyfriend.
Police Chief Edward Gilmore said a group of officers was using a dog on loan from the Chicago Police Department trained specifically to detect the scent of a corpse to search Thursday through wooded areas in Calumet City near the home of Gena Chiodo, 42.
Donol E. Clark, Chiodo's boyfriend, was arrested Saturday at the home on the 1300 block of Price Street. The 42-year-old Clark has been charged with her murder and concealment of a homicide.
Gilmore refused to say exactly where police were searching. “We don’t want other people coming in and trampling the area,” he said.
Friends and relatives of Chiodo searched over the weekend and in recent days. Gilmore said the number of volunteers searching appears to have declined in recent days.
Chiodo, who worked as a hairstylist in Munster, was reported missing Oct. 17. When Calumet City police made a well-being check of her house, police found blood in several rooms along with broken objects, indicating a struggle.
Police said they found at the house Clark, who told them Chiodo left a couple of days earlier following a quarrel. Chiodo’s clothes were in the home, and her car was parked outside.
State's attorneys said inconsistencies in Clark’s account made them suspicious.
Clark is being held at the Cook County Jail without bond. He is scheduled to appear in court again Nov. 9.