Video: Walk the Gliniewicz crime scene

  • Lake County Major Crimes Task Force Cmdr. George Filenko retraces the footsteps of Fox Lake police Lt. Joe Gliniewicz near a pond on the day he staged his suicide. Filenko explained what police officers found as they responded to his call for help and what led to a major manhunt for suspects in the wooded area in Fox Lake.

    Lake County Major Crimes Task Force Cmdr. George Filenko retraces the footsteps of Fox Lake police Lt. Joe Gliniewicz near a pond on the day he staged his suicide. Filenko explained what police officers found as they responded to his call for help and what led to a major manhunt for suspects in the wooded area in Fox Lake. Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

 
 
Posted11/24/2015 5:00 AM

At first, investigators didn't want to believe that the revered Fox Lake police Lt. Charles "Joe" Gliniewicz killed himself.

They used machetes, weed wackers and their bare hands to dig through dense underbrush surrounding an abandoned concrete plant, looking for clues and looking for a killer.

Daily Herald staff writers Burt Constable and Lee Filas, in their series, "The Two Faces of Lt. Gliniewicz," traced Gliniewicz's last steps and investigators unraveled his hero cop story.

Burt says two things struck him the most: How long Gliniewicz lived after the first shot and how remote the forest is. One minute you're in a busy industrial park and then, just 30 feet away, you're isolated in a dense forest.

George Filenko, commander of the Lake County Major Crimes Task Force, gave Burt unprecedented access to the scene. Watch the video as he walks him through Gliniewicz's final steps, where he planted evidence and how investigators uncovered it.

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