MERRILLVILLE | A man being sought in connection with an apparent homicide of a Merrillville woman was found dead in a Cook County motel room, police said in a news release Saturday.
Police said 42-year-old James Bailey was a live-in boyfriend of Kimberly L. Danielewicz. Bailey was pronounced dead at 11:34 a.m. at 2448 N. Mannheim Road in Franklin Park, Ill., a representative from the Cook County medical examiner's office said.
Danielewicz, 40, was found dead Friday afternoon after Merrillville police officers were sent to her home in the 1400 block of West 86th Avenue for a well-being check. The Lake County coroner's office said she suffered multiple puncture injuries.
As the investigation progressed, Bailey came under suspicion in Danielewicz's death and police were looking for him, Merrillville Police Chief Joseph Petruch said.
Bailey had family in Chicago, and Merrillville detectives contacted the Cook County Sheriff's Department to locate his family. Petruch said while detective planned to follow leads on his whereabouts, county police notified his department that Bailey was dead.
Bailey's cause of death is unknown, but in the motel room police found several empty prescription bottles belonging to Danielewicz along with a car key to her 2008 Mazda Tribute. The vehicle and keys were missing from Danielewicz when she was found at her home. Petruch said the car has yet to be recovered.
An autopsy was done on Bailey, but the release of the cause of death will be delayed results from toxicology tests are returned.
Petruch said Bailey was the only suspect in Danielewicz's death. While an investigation is continuing into how Bailey died, Petruch said the early indication is Bailey committed suicide. Petruch also said Bailey had a "lengthy" criminal history, which included a murder conviction in Illinois.