Update: Near North Side man charged with killing 81-year-old woman found dead in his car

A Near North Side man is charged with killing an 81-year-old woman after downstate police officers found her body inside his car on Monday, according to statements from police departments in Chicago and Dwight, Illinois. Dwight is located about 85 miles southwest of the Loop along Interstate 55.

Neither department identified the woman or her relationship to 53-year-old Marc Holliman, but CWBChicago reported earlier today that the victim is Holliman’s mother.

Dwight police said in a statement that their officers met with Holliman briefly around 10:45 a.m. Monday after receiving a report of a theft from a vehicle. But Holliman told them he did not want any more help and drove away, according to the statement.

Marc Holliman (inset) reportedly lived with his mother on the 100 block of West Delaware. | CPD; Google

About an hour later, Holliman was “bleeding from self-inflicted injuries” when he approached officers again on the same street, the statement said. Dwight police officers discovered the woman’s body in Holliman’s car while he was being treated at a nearby hospital, officials said.

The Dwight police department contacted Chicago police on Monday afternoon. CPD detectives executed a search warrant at a home on the 100 block of West Delaware Place a few hours later. CPD said Holliman also lived on the same block of Delaware Place.

Neither police department revealed how the woman died, but downstate authorities initially told Chicago police that Holliman admitted to suffocating her. The Chicago authorities’ statement said the homicide occurred Monday.

He is charged with first-degree murder and concealing a homicidal death, according to CPD and Dwight police. He is due in bond court Wednesday.

Online records indicate that Holliman’s mother would be 81-year-old and had a long career as a nurse and nursing professor. His father, a retired attorney, died in December at the age of 80, records show.

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