|A dead body was found inside this charity donation box in Uptown this morning. | ABC7 Image|
Detectives have launched two investigations after a dead body was found inside a burning charity donation bin in Uptown this morning, according to police and sources.
Fire department personnel responded to 1500 West Wilson around 7;15 a.m. to extinguish a fire inside a donation box that sits outside a Walgreens. Firemen then found the body inside.
About two hours after the body was found, investigators decided to launch a parallel arson investigation to go with the death inquiry, a source said.
It is not uncommon for homeless people to take up residence inside of large charity donation boxes that dot the city. But, ABC7 reported that the donation box was locked, raising questions about how the dead person got inside.