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The coroner's office has identified a 47-year-old woman from East Peoria as the woman whose body was found near the Funks Grove Nature Preserve on Sunday night, about 15 miles southwest from Illinois State University.

In a statement released Wednesday, McLean County Coroner Kathy Davis said Teresa A. Poehlman was the apparent victim of a homicide. She was pronounced dead at 6:46 p.m. Sunday.

The woman was described as white, 45- to 50-years-old, 5 feet tall, 103 pounds and with light brown hair, hazel eyes and a scar on her left wrist. She had bilateral tubal ligation and may possibly have children, according to a news release release.

Her body was found by two people who were walking a trail at the preserve around 6:30 p.m. Sunday, according to a news release by Sheriff Jon Sandage. She was dead at the scene. 

Information about how she died and if the homicide took place at the nature preserve was not provided.

The investigation is continuing. 

The trailed reopened Wednesday morning, but staff members do not know any additional information, according to a Facebook post.

“While Nature Center Staff does not know more than what has been revealed publicly, we do not feel that there is any threat or danger to our guests, staff, or volunteers," according to the page's Favebook. "We'd like to thank our supporters for your kind words and understand your fears. We will be monitoring the investigation updates closely.”

Anyone with information related to the case can call Detective Cory Beverlin at 309-888-5048.

This is the third homicide of 2017 in McLean County.

This story will be updated.

EMA SASIC is a senior journalism major and Editor-in-Chief and columnist for The Vidette. Any questions or comments regarding her column can be sent to Follow her on Twitter at @ema_sasic.

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