Naperville Woman Found Dead In Apparent Murder

NAPERVILLE, Ill. (STMW) —  The Naperville woman found beaten to death Wednesday night in her home apparently knew her killer, Naperville police told the Naperville Sun Thursday. 

The Sun on Thursday received information that police found no sign of forced entry into the home of Cathleen A. Lewis, 59, and that Lewis most likely knew her assailant and willingly allowed him or her inside her townhouse.

“I would say that that information would be correct,” police department spokesman said Sgt. Gregg Bell said when contacted by The Sun.

Bell late Thursday afternoon also issued a written statement, seeking help from the public in locating Lewis’ brother, Mark R. Lewis, 51, of Lakemoor.

Investigators “would like to confirm Mr. Lewis is OK, and to notify him of his sister’s death,” the statement said. Lewis might be driving a green, 1999 Ford Explorer with an Illinois license plate of 775 8696, according to the statement.

The release did not indicate whether Mark Lewis is a suspect in the murder or wanted for questioning. Relatives reportedly had not heard from him for several days.

A half-dozen marked and unmarked police vehicles remained Thursday afternoon at the scene of the slaying. Yellow plastic crime scene tape encircled the gray-colored, eight-unit condominium building on the 2300 block of Worthing Drive, in the Chestnut Creek area abutting the Old Farm/Old Saw Mill neighborhood.

Police were called to the scene Wednesday evening to perform a “well-being check” at Lewis’ home. They found her body there.

The Will County coroner’s office said Lewis was pronounced dead at 7:47 p.m. Wednesday. An autopsy performed Thursday concluded she suffered “multiple head injuries … due to assault,” according to a coroner’s office statement.

A woman who lives in a townhouse adjacent to Lewis’ said the crime was heartbreaking.

“It’s very, very sad,” said the woman, who declined to be identified.

Another neighbor who also declined to be named said while she did not know Lewis well, she was friendly to others up and down their block.

“I’d see her taking out her recycling,” the neighbor said of Lewis. “We’d give each other a nice wave, just being friendly, being neighborly.”

She said the murder was a shock in a normally quiet neighborhood.

“It’s just sad what happened, especially in a neighborhood like this,” she said.

Lewis’ murder is Naperville’s first in nearly three years.

Those who believe they have information about Lewis’ slaying or the whereabouts of her brother were asked to call Naperville police, (630) 420-6147.

(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2010. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

  • civilized

    I bet she felt extremely safe and cozy in her perferct suburban home that’s far far away from the big, bad, dangerous city.

  • t

    I bet she did, too. The problem is that we can be murdered anywhere. It’s just that it happens more in the city. Even ruling out gang on gang violence, in real numbers and in per capita numbers, more city people are raped and murdered than are women in Naperville or most other suburbs where criminals aren’t coddled and encouraged to move freely about the law-abiding working people.

    By the way, why do you find it necessary to use sarcasm about a murdered human being who likely was minding her own business?

  • could be a black thing

    Probably done in by a nice young boy from nearby aurora who’s momma will be saying “not my little leshawn, he be a good boy”

  • civilized


    The same reason why every suburbanite seem to think it’s o.k to come to these blogs and make stupid comments when something happens in the city. The funny thing is, there is only one city which consists of many neighborhoods. However, there are many suburbs and if you equate each suburb to a neighborhood you’d see that the burbs aren’t much safer. How many people gets murdered in Lincoln Park (city) and winnetka (suburb? How many are killed in Aunstin (city) and Harvey?(suburb). So, just like there are safe suburbs and dangerous suburbs there are save neighborhood and dangerous neighborhoods too. No one groups all the suburbs togetger and say the suburbs are dangerous so why lump the whole city into one big dangerous place when there are so many stable, safe and great neighborhoods in the city? My point is, the city as a whole is not dangerous, just certain neighborhoods just like certain surburbs are dangerous and not all suburbs as a whole.

    Btw, people in the city mind their own business too and like you said “we can be murdered anywhere”. While it may happen more often in the city as a whole that changes dramatically when comparing individual suburbs and city neighborhoods. So to the ignorant suburbanites who comes to these blogs and, instead of saying something positive, chooses to say stupid things like “that’s why I live in the suburbs” and “that’s why I don’t go down to that place,” well, you don’t live in the perfect world you seem to think you live in.

    • RachaelGG

      Wait, So what you’re saying is that he should have said “something positive”… like YOUR comment, right?

  • Husband Charged With Wife’s Murder In Vernon Hills « CBS Chicago

    […] Lewis, 59, was found beaten to death Wednesday night in her condo in the 2300 block of Worthing Driv… Her body was found during a well-being check. […]

blog comments powered by Disqus
Daily Weather Reports Delivered To You!SIGN UP NOW: Get daily weather reports every morning from meteorologist Steve Baskerville!
CBS Sports Radio RoundupGet your latest sports talk from across the country.

Listen Live