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Mary Kate Sunderlin

In early December 1999, a forest preserve employee came upon a scene that was so disturbing his brain could not process it. He was looking at what he believed to be a mannequin but in truth, it was the body of a badly beaten and tortured woman. Shortly after the discovery, authorities zeroed in on a suspect and made an arrest. The arrest resulted in a conviction. New evidence however, has since come to light that destroyed the prosecution’s case. The convicted man was exonerated and released after serving 15 years in prison. This case remains unsolved