Body of Missing Woman Found, Suicide Suspected

The search for 61-year-old Maria A. Carlsen ends after her body is found off of Rte. 12 in Wauconda.

The search for a missing North Barrington woman ended in tragedy Thursday when her body was found after an apparent suicide.

Family members told the sheriff's deputies they had not heard from Maria A. Carlsen, 61, since around 2 p.m. Feb. 13, according to the Lake County Sheriff's Office.

A woman notified police that she had seen someone matching the description of Carlsen around 1 p.m. Monday off of Rte. 12. The woman didn't think of calling authorities until she read the reports of the missing woman. The call came at 11 a.m. Thursday and a search of the area began immediately.

Carlsen's body was found in the culvert off of Rte. 12 in unincorporated Wauconda. The Sheriff's Office said she died of a suspected suicide. Two bottles of anti-depressants were found with the body, according to Lake County Sheriff Mark Curran.

Investigators have learned that Carlsen was scheduled to take a limousine to O’Hare airport on Tuesday morning in order to fly to Boca Raton, FL, to be with her husband.  When the limousine arrived at her residence, Carlsen’s bags were packed but she and her vehicle, a 2010 black 5 Series BMW, were missing from the residence.  Investigators later recovered her vehicle from the parking lot of JD’s restaurant located at Route 12 and Old Rand Road in unincorporated Wauconda.

According to Lake County Deputy Chief Greg Manis, Carlsen's family had been worried that she might harm herself after she went missing.

An autopsy from the Lake County Coroner's Office will be done but won't be ready for a few days.

Lisa smith February 23, 2012 at 07:09 PM
As mentioned above, anytime someone is found in this situation, the Police have to give something for the reports. If someone is found with an obvious gun shot to the head for example, they will repot "died of an apparent gun shot wound to the head". Not " the person died of a gunshot wound to the head". That is until the autopsy and investigation are complete. Yes, the cause of death may be shot to the head, however without investigation, blood level reports, etc they have no way of knowing how it happened and can not report such until ALL facts are in. Especially in a case as this, where there is no obvious signs of trauma on the outside. There are also conflicting reports that say the family feared this may happens and others that say the family is " baffled" as to where she could be or what happened. What I also find interesting ( and I could be way wrong in thinking/asking this ) but I always thought with adults they had to wait ( at least ) 24 hours to be able to report someone missing . From the reports the family say they last heard from her Monday around 2:00pm, and the limo came early Tuesday morning. I am also at a total loss as to how they did not find her until Thursday only when the "tip" came in. With all the police officers, detectives, bloodhounds, and helicopters they did not find her within a 1 mile radius of where her car was found. I agree with what Darren posted above. I feel like an anounc
amber February 23, 2012 at 07:52 PM
I cant beleive I just spent this much time reading all of these useless comments. Really. if you have the answers, why arent you on the case..McGuyvers...
Lisa smith February 23, 2012 at 08:11 PM
This article read that she died of an "apparent" suicide and Sherifs Office say " suspected " suicide. Meaning just based off of what they know and see at the scene and what they have been told by family the days before. If polce find someone who passed away with 2 bottles of prescription drugs and known to be depressed ( according to family ) what does that look like? An apparent/suspected suicide. It has not been ruled suicide. I also dont understand how the caller said they saw someone matching Maria on Monday around 2:00, but the bar owner says her car was not there until Tuesday morning. Where was her car while she was walking around Monday afternoon. Questions questions ! If it is suicide, or murder, either way very very sad. I can't even imagine what her family and loved ones are going through. I did not know Mrs. Carlsen and I am so sad. I hope she is resting in peace and the detectives are able to find out what happened.
Margaret February 24, 2012 at 01:04 AM
Amber, from your post you appear quite smug and smitten with yourself. Please keep in mind that this is a forum for people to express their feelings on any given article whether one agrees or not. However, I personally agree with you that you should not waste anymore of your time reading these useless comments...
Margaret February 24, 2012 at 01:43 AM
I implore all who visits this site to keep in mind that we all have our opinions and we all have the "God" given right to express them with this open forum. It does NOT mean that anyone is right or wrong. This should not be a place for guilt tripping someone who is sharing a different point of view, or correcting them for having one. I enjoy reading the thoughts of others, as it provokes me to re-think my stance. Please keep on sharing...


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