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Thanksgiving morning tragedy

Beardstown man found dead  (originally published 12-2-10)

 

By Kim Watson

For the Star-Gazette

 

Family and friends lined the sidewalk of Sager Funeral home in Beardstown Monday night waiting to say their goodbyes to Troy Logsdon. He was a 1980 Beardstown High School graduate, was well known in the community, and respected as a local businessman.

Troy was co-owner, with his brother Todd, of Logsdon Sand & Gravel. The business was started by Curtis Logsdon in the early 1900's. Troy and Todd are the fourth generation to operate the family business. Troy was also partners with Carson Grain Co., another Beardstown-based business.

Troy was an avid hunter. He loved to duck and deer hunt.  According to family and friends, he was looking forward to doing some hunting with his son, Cole, who is home from the Navy. If Troy wasn’t working or hunting, he was watching the Green Bay Packers play football.

Troy was found dead lying alongside the 300 block of Arenz Street at approximately 12:30 a.m., Thursday morning. Beardstown Police Chief Tom Schlueter said that a passerby called the police department to report seeing someone lying alongside the street. Beardstown Police were dispatched to the location and when they arrived on scene they summoned Chief Schlueter to the scene. He then immediately contacted Illinois State Police investigators and crime scene technicians to be dispatched to the scene to assist with the investigation.

“A death investigation has been opened by the Beardstown Police Department, and are being assisted in its investigation by the?sheriff’s departments of Cass and Schuyler counties, as well as the State Police,” Schlueter said.

According to Schlueter there were no weapons found at the scene. “We will continue to interview people to determine his whereabouts before his death. There are still a lot of unanswered questions at this point, but we will get to the bottom of it,” Schlueter said.

An autopsy was performed at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield on Friday. The autopsy determined the cause of death was blunt force trauma to the head. The toxicology results will not be available for several weeks, Schlueter said. The tests are routinely conducted in fatalities.

Anyone with any information about Troy Logsdon’s death and his whereabouts Wednesday night or early Thanksgiving Day are urged to call the Beardstown Police Department at (217) 323-3131 or Cass County Crime Stoppers at (888) 222-4150.