Coroner confirms that bodies found in Warrenville were Thunderkick, ex-wife

  • Brian Thunderkick and Laura Arns leave the DuPage County Courthouse together in October.

      Brian Thunderkick and Laura Arns leave the DuPage County Courthouse together in October. Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

  • Brian Thunderkick

    Brian Thunderkick

Updated 2/23/2018 5:38 PM

DuPage County coroner's officials have confirmed that the bodies found in a Warrenville townhouse Thursday morning were Brian Thunderkick and Laura L. Arns, both 62.

Autopsies have been completed, but their causes of death will remain undetermined, officials say, until the return of toxicology tests.


Thunderkick was being prosecuted for causing a fiery Wheaton crash in September that killed a 22-year-old Elgin woman. He tested positive for barbiturates immediately following the crash.

Police officers from Wheaton and Warrenville found the pair while serving an arrest warrant on Thunderkick related to the crash.

Thunderkick was indicted on charges of reckless homicide, attempted leaving the scene of an accident involving death and aggravated battery stemming from the Sept. 30 crash when authorities said he was driving his Camaro 135 mph down Butterfield Road and struck a car driven by Erika Villagomez.

Villagomez was trapped in her vehicle as it burst into flames and died before she could be rescued.

Thunderkick was released from DuPage County jail in early October after posting 10 percent of his $150,000 bail and placed on home confinement.

Thunderkick then missed his first court date after being released, but his attorney Bard Telander said Thunderkick was in a mental health facility being treated for "mental health issues and crisis stabilization."

Telander said Thursday night that he was worried when Thunderkick failed to show up for court Thursday and he hadn't heard from Arns, Thunderkick's ex-wife.

"She was such a sweetheart," Telander said. "She would always call before court and make sure everything was taken care of."

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