Wife of Slain Ford Plant Worker Says She Was Kidnapped and Brought to Chicago Heights

Police found Eugene White Jr., 56, dead in his home Monday. He'd been shot three times.

A 56-year-man who worked at the Ford plant in Chicago Heights was found dead in his Lynwood home Monday morning, and his wife told police she was kidnapped.

NBC 5 Chicago News reported in its 4:30 p.m. broadcast that Cecilia White was found unharmed in Chicago Heights.

Eugene White Jr. was found dead in a rear bedroom of his home in the 19800 block of Orchard Avenue in Lynwood.

Police said he was shot once in the head and twice in the chest.

According to a Sun-Times Media report:

Carolyn Wiggins, of Riverdale, White’s sister-in-law, said the couple had been married at least 15 years, and that Eugene had coached a basketball team at Living Grace Church in Lynwood.

“They are a blessed couple, a joy to know,” Wiggins said. “A good Christian family. If you met him now, you would like him. He’s a down-to-earth man.”

Wiggins said White worked at the Ford plant in Chicago Heights.

The Lynwood Police Department and the South Suburban Major Crimes Task Force are investigating and following up leads.

Cecilia White told Cook County Sheriff's Police that she had been kidnapped and brought to Chicago Heights. The sheriff's police notified Lynwood police at about 3 a.m. Monday, according to NWITimes.com.


Christopher Paicely (Editor) November 30, 2011 at 03:15 PM
James, I appreciate you taking the time to comment on this story and I value your opinion, but your comment was removed because it contained statements that could be seen as defamatory. If you would like to comment on your friend Eugene's untimely death, please feel free. If you have information to assist the police in this case, please notify them directly. Again, thank you for sharing your thoughts on Patch, but please be mindful of our terms of use, which can be found here: http://chicagoheights.patch.com/terms. Christopher Paicely Editor, Chicago Heights Patch
Gina December 03, 2011 at 02:31 PM
Something Sounds A Little Fishy About The Whole Kidnapping Part! I'm just sayin!
Kelly Evans December 10, 2011 at 03:34 AM
Hello Christopher, I am in no way connected to this story, but I do have a few concerns because I was recently in a heated situation with a person on another site regarding the death of a family member that was also in the media. I would like to know why editors such as yourself would allow people to post the ignorant comments that they do and when families and friends reply trying to defend their people you delete their messages. When people are grieving the loss of someone they tend to get very bitter and verbally aggressive at post such as what is posted on here. This is a natural defense mechanism in ALL humans. Isn't what the other person posted on here defamatory of one of the, mind you, VICTIMS in this article. People need to learn to respect others thoughts feelings and emotions and let the VICTIMS be at PEACE and MOURN, or whatever else it is that they need to do. I'm just saying...... Sincerely, Against WEB NEWS BLOGS (We need to go back to the typically newspaper where people can not post their comments, thoughts, or opinions....... Just read the paper and keep your conversation and comments among those that you speak to.)
Christopher Paicely (Editor) December 10, 2011 at 02:50 PM
Hello Ms. Evans, I try to keep a close eye out for any comments that are defamatory or inappropriate, particularly when articles involve a death or violent crime. We are always trying to make sure people have an open forum to communicate, but we all need to keep it clean and respectful. If there are any comments you feel should are inappropriate please let me know via email at christopher.paicely@patch.com, and I will look into it. We don't intend to target or single out people who are already going through an extremely difficult time, but we also have a duty to maintain an environment of respect. Arguing is one thing, personal attacks are another. I hope this helps explain things a little, and I am truly sorry for your loss. Thanks for taking the time to let me know how you feel.


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