Decomposing Body Found At US Steel Property at 941 Collins Street, Identified

On July 2, 2024, at 6:47 p.m., Joliet Police Officers and the Joliet Fire Department responded to the US Steel property at 941 Collins Street for a report of a found body that appeared deceased. Upon arrival, Officers entered a pump house which had flooded with water and located a deceased adult male floating in approximately four to five feet of water. It appeared the body was in an advanced stage of decomposition. It was determined the body was originally discovered by three adult males and an adult female after they had entered the site to explore the property. They entered the pump house and observed the body and notified 911. The body was recovered by the Joliet Fire Department. The Will County Coroner’s Office responded and pronounced the male deceased at the scene.

The Joliet Police Department has learned that the Will County  Coroner’s Office has identified the deceased male in this case as Warren Baker (44, Homeless).  Mr. Baker had been reported missing to the Joliet Police Department on May 13, 2024, by a  family member. He was last seen by family in the 400 block of East Cass Street on April 28,  2024. 

Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact the Joliet Police Department Investigations Division at (815)724-3020. Citizens may also contact Will County Crime Stoppers at 800-323-6734 or online at if they wish to remain anonymous.