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Smell of dead animals worried neighbors for months

Now they know source is van of animal carcasses

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William C. Tinkler

Police found 43 dead animals -- mostly cats -- in a van Wednesday on the 200 block of Villa Street in Elgin. William C. Tinkler told police during an animal cruelty investigation that he put the animals in the van because he wanted to preserve them.

BRIAN HILL | Staff Photographer

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Families living next door to William Tinkler on Villa Street in Elgin definitely noticed the smell of what turned out to be dead animals, but no one imagined the scenario police discovered Wednesday: 43 animals, mostly cats, in varying states of decay in a van in Tinkler's backyard. "We didn't know where the smell was coming from," a neighbor said. "But now we know."
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