Suspect identified in Algonquin woman's murder

Updated 2/18/2022 6:39 PM

The man suspected in the murder of Algonquin resident Kelly Hedmark has been identified as Kevin Williams, 25, of Lindenhurst.

Williams was identified late Thursday by the Winnebago County sheriff's office as one of two men killed in a head-on crash about 9 a.m. Monday near Rockton.


Williams previously had been identified only as Hedmark's boyfriend and was said to be the prime suspect in her death.

Hedmark's body was found in Williams' home Tuesday after she had been reported missing.

Lake County Major Crime Task Force spokesman Chris Covelli said Friday that investigators had not found any evidence that anyone other than Williams is responsible for Hedmark's murder. Covelli said a theory is that he intentionally crashed near Rockton.

Williams was driving a Ford Focus that collided with a Dodge Ram driven by Ronald L. Reed, 53, of Durand. Both were pronounced dead at the scene.

After learning of the crash involving Williams, Hedmark's family reported her missing to Algonquin police. Hedmark, 25, had not been seen since leaving her home on Sunday.

Her vehicle was found in the driveway of Williams' home on the 0-100 block of Beck Road. Algonquin and Lindenhurst police obtained a search warrant and found Hedmark's body inside the home about 4 p.m. Tuesday.

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Preliminary autopsy results Wednesday said Hedmark died as a result of blunt-force head trauma.

Also Wednesday, the Central Lake County Joint Action Water Agency posted on its website that Williams had been employed with the agency for nine months and was "involved in plant operations."

Task force investigators have nearly completed their homicide investigation, Covelli said. The crash near Rockton still is under investigation by the Winnebago sheriff's office.

Hedmark was an avid reader and baker and loved to travel, according to her obituary. She was a project manager for benefitexpress human resource consulting in Schaumburg.

Visitation will start at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 25, with a funeral Mass following at noon at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church, 111 S. Hubbard St., Algonquin.

Willow Funeral Home & Cremation Care is assisting with arrangements.

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