Body of missing woman found in Kankakee County

Staff Report

The Will County Sheriff's Office is announcing that the body of Kaitlyn Kearns, age 24, of Mokena has been found.

After an overnight search by Sheriff’s detectives, Kaitlyn’s 1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee was located in a rural area of Kankakee County.  Kaitlyn was discovered deceased at the scene. 

The Kankakee County Coroner’s Office is performing an autopsy and has positively identified the victim as Kaitlyn Kearns. They have confirmed that Kaitlyn suffered from a single gunshot wound to her head. Further toxicology and lab results will be made public upon completion.

Kaitlyn Kearns was reported missing on Nov. 14  She was last seen Nov. 13 at Woody’s bar, 1008 E. Washington Street in Joliet, at 1:30am, where she was a bartender.  Sheriff’s detectives continue to actively investigate her death and will provide more information as it becomes available.  Detectives believe that there is no threat to the community and that Kaitlyn was the intended target of this homicide. 

Anyone with any information surrounding Kaitlyn's death is asked to call the Sheriff's Investigation Division at 815-727-8574; or the Sheriff's dispatch center at 815-727-8575. An anonymous tip can also be sent to