Police: Edgewater man found dead with “signs of trauma” in apartment refrigerator

Update 6:45 a.m. July 10 — The Cook County medical examiner’s office identified the deceased man as Marcus Merge. An autopsy is scheduled.

Update 5:29 p.m. July 10 — The medical examiner today determined that Merge was strangled to death and ruled his death a homicide.

Chicago police are conducting a death investigation after a 58-year-old man was found dead inside a refrigerator in his Edgewater apartment Thursday morning, a CPD spokesperson said.

Around 10:45 a.m., fire department personnel and police responded to the victim’s residence on the fifth floor of Hollywood Towers Condominiums, 5701 North Sheridan.

The man’s body was found wrapped in a bedsheet inside the refrigerator, according to officers on the scene. CPD spokesperson Sally Bown said paramedics reported seeing “signs of trauma” on the man’s body, but the cause of death remains under investigation.

A source said the man appeared to have suffered bite wounds, including on his neck.

Area Three detectives are investigating.

Our exclusive and original reporting is 100% reader-funded. Please make a contribution to our operating fund or purchase a subscription today.