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Geneva police deny release of report on man's death

Police cite investigation as reason for denial

GENEVA – Geneva police have denied an open records request pertaining to the death of a 26-year-old man on McKinley Street because the death is under investigation.

The body of David C. Burdine was removed from a house in the 700 block of McKinley Street on Jan. 5. He was pronounced dead at the scene by medics, Chief Deputy Coroner Loren Carrera had said.

The Kane County Chronicle filed an Freedom of Information Act request, seeking the police report regarding the circumstances of Burdine’s death last week. 

Among various exemptions allowed by state law is the right to withhold records when law enforcement is conducting an investigation, which is the reason cited for not releasing the police report.

“I am denying your request for [a] copy of [the] report regarding the death of David Burdine because it is under investigation, which is exempt under the ... Illinois Freedom of Information Act,” according to the letter of denial.

In a phone text, Kane County Coroner Rob Russell wrote that Burdine’s death was not trauma-related, but his office was waiting on toxicology information in order to make a determination about the cause of death.

GENEVA – Geneva police have denied an open records request pertaining to the death of a 26-year-old man on McKinley Street because the death is under investigation.

The body of David C. Burdine was removed from a house in the 700 block of McKinley Street on Jan. 5. He was pronounced dead at the scene by medics, Chief Deputy Coroner Loren Carrera had said.

The Kane County Chronicle filed an Freedom of Information Act request, seeking the police report regarding the circumstances of Burdine’s death last week. 

Among various exemptions allowed by state law is the right to withhold records when law enforcement is conducting an investigation, which is the reason cited for not releasing the police report.

“I am denying your request for [a] copy of [the] report regarding the death of David Burdine because it is under investigation, which is exempt under the ... Illinois Freedom of Information Act,” according to the letter of denial.

In a phone text, Kane County Coroner Rob Russell wrote that Burdine’s death was not trauma-related, but his office was waiting on toxicology information in order to make a determination about the cause of death.

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