CHICAGO - The investigation into the death of the former chief fundraiser for ousted Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich intensified Sunday as medical examiners completed an autopsy and detectives looked into whether drugs found in Christopher Kelly's vehicle played a role in his death.
Dwight Welch, the mayor of suburban Country Club Hills where Kelly was found slumped over his vehicle's steering wheel in a lumber yard, said a number of drugs were found in Kelly's black Cadillac Escalade but declined to say which drugs.
He did say the investigation was being treated as a possible suicide.
Welch said in a telephone interview with the Associated Press on Sunday morning that it was his understanding that Kelly had told an officer at the hospital that he had "taken an overdose of something." But on Sunday afternoon he backed off that statement and said he was not "confirming or denying" that Kelly had made such a statement to police.
The Cook County Medical Examiner's performed an autopsy but said Sunday it couldn't determine the cause of death until toxicology tests are completed in three to six weeks.
Kelly died Saturday morning at a Chicago hospital, and Welch said his city's police detectives were investigating the death as a suicide but giving the case the priority of a homicide.