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Police searching for clues in Mount Prospect murder
By Ashok Selvam | Daily Herald Staff

Police remain on the scene of a murder Friday morning on the 2300 block of Lexington Drive in Mount Prospect.

 

Bill Zars | Staff Photographer

Homicide investigators enter the Major Case Assistance Team trailer Friday morning in front of an apartment on the 2300 block of Lexington Drive in Mount Prospect. A 52-year-old man as found dead there on Thursday.

 

Bills Zars | Staff Photographer

A police officer on Friday morning places cones around the Major Case Assistance Team van at the scene of homicide on the 2300 block of Lexington Drive at the Colony apartments in Mount Prospect.

 

Bills Zars | Staff Photographer

Leonard Morris, a resident of the Colony Apartments in Mount Prospect for two years, said there has never been any trouble, no gang activity, in the complex. The body of a 52-year-old man was found there on the 2300 block of Lexington Drive.

 

Bills Zars | Staff Photographer

Squad cars and police tape block the scene of a homicide investigation on Friday morning on the 2300 block of Lexington Drive in Mount Prospect.

 

Bills Zars | Staff Photographer

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Published: 7/22/2010 9:28 PM | Updated: 7/23/2010 4:21 PM

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The mystery surrounding the stabbing death of a 52-year-old Mount Prospect man had police questioning neighbors on Friday outside his apartment complex.

Jean Wattecamps was found dead inside his third-floor apartment Thursday morning on the 2300 block of Lexington Drive at the Colony Apartments, a multiunit complex off Elmhurst Road.

Police launched into a homicide investigation. The Major Case Assistance Team probed the scene, roping off the Wattecamps' unit with an MCAT trailer parked in front. Mount Prospect police said through a news release there were signs of foul play, but the would not elaborate. The Cook County medical examiner's office Friday confirmed Wattecamps died from multiple stab wounds, and ruled the death as a homicide.

Wattecamps had lived in the Colony since 2004. By neighbors' accounts, Wattecamps was friendly. He enjoyed attending parties held at the pool at the complex. Some described him as nice enough to cook dinner and invite you over. Neighbors said he worked for United Airlines. A United spokeswoman was unable to confirm his employment with the company.

While neighbors report minor incidents at the complex, they added the Colony is relatively quiet and multiethnic. Leonard Morris has lived there for two years, and in Mount Prospect for more than a decade. He joined the chorus line of neighbors expressing shock about the slaying.

"I should have been living here all that time," Morris said of his comfort level with the area.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at (847) 870-5656 or the Crimeline at (847) 870-5649.

Daily Herald staff writers Lee Filas and Amie Shak contributed to this report