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.

Lucy February 22, 2012 at 04:28 AM
Sorry Ms. Thinker, I didn't read your post but you summed it up much better than I did. Great post.
Lucy February 22, 2012 at 04:32 AM
Ms. Thinker, maybe they are waiting to get the autopsy back? They may be thinking what we are thinking, I hope. I wonder about the woman that reported seeing her by the side of the road, was Maria alone.
Lucy February 22, 2012 at 04:43 AM
They are not saying it is definitely suicide, they are saying it's suspected. News articles and reporters always say that in their stories. "He died of an apparent gun shot wound" or "he had an apparent heart attack". If they didn't give some indication about what they felt she died of, then people would probably be complaining that they aren't saying enough. It's not unprofessional. Unprofessional would be saying that is WAS a suicide, if it wasn't. They aren't saying that.
Lucy February 22, 2012 at 04:43 AM
Did you read the article??? It explains right there that they received the call AFTER she was already dead. The woman saw Maria on Monday but didn't call the police until Thursday, 3 days later. She didn't put 2 and 2 together until she read about the missing woman. So regardless of how long it took police to get there they were already a couple days too late.
Lucy February 22, 2012 at 04:48 AM
Okay, you started out nice and ended up being rude. No where in this article did it say what type of pills were found. Secondly, we are just talking amongst ourselves and trying to figure it all out. We are not trying to hurt her family. No one here is calling her names or making fun of her. Besides, do the rules for comments say that we can't write the comments we did? I would think they'd be taken down by now if they were against policy rules. I do agree with you that she could have taken the pills prior to getting into her car but seriously would she hold onto the bottles the whole time and let them lay next to her if she took them earlier?
Lucy February 22, 2012 at 04:51 AM
Because we are human and we are curious and like to discuss stories as a group. Why would a family member even want to come to a comment section anyway? If my loved one just died a horrific death I certainly wouldn't be surfing the net, reading comments. If that is the case then comments should be barred from being made. Or the rules should state that no theories should be posted.
Lucy February 22, 2012 at 04:57 AM
Where is it written that human beings can't discuss a situation with one another? It's human nature. I don't feel that the comments are being mean to the family. If the Patch doesn't like what we are writing I will let them dictate what can or can't be said. I feel terrible for this woman and curiosity has got my mind going but I also like to discuss situations and current events etc. with others. I don't think it's right for others to come here and tell people what they should or should not be saying.
Lucy February 22, 2012 at 05:00 AM
So true Ms. Thinker. I have never watched CSI, I also have a wonderful life. Crime and mystery/real life interests me and it always has. It affects me deeply too. I can't imagine what victims go through in these situations. I read a story that touches me in what ever way and I feel the need to comment. Why is that so wrong?
Lucy February 22, 2012 at 05:02 AM
You seriously think that people commenting on an article in the Patch are getting in the way of investigators?? It's a comment section, what do you expect?
Lucy February 22, 2012 at 05:09 AM
Coroner says no foul play. Toxicology reports are not in yet but they are saying no trauma or foul play. Very sad.
Lucy February 22, 2012 at 05:19 AM
Something interesting I read on another site. She was spotted on Monday by this caller at around 1 pm wandering by the road. The owner of the bar where her car was found closed his bar at 11:30 Monday night and no BMW was in his lot. He saw the BMW in the lot when he arrived Tues morning. So if she was in the area of that road and that is where her body was found, how and when did her car get to the bar's parking lot sometime between midnight Monday and Tuesday morning? Unless the caller saw her Tuesday. It says family last saw her at 2pm on Monday but the caller saw her at 1 pm. COnfusing.
Ms. Thinker February 22, 2012 at 06:20 AM
also, why did police not give any attention to the call of a woman walking down 12 around the same time that she talked to her family? where was her cell phone? was she actually there? and they had dogs and helicopters searching for 3 days when it was like 3 miles from her home and 2 from her car --- like right in between..... and they only found her once this "tip" got called in... in fact, they found her RIGHT AWAY after that... I know; I work nearby... it just does not add up
Ms. Thinker February 22, 2012 at 06:21 AM
@Lucy i totally agree
Ms. Thinker February 22, 2012 at 06:21 AM
also, most of us that seem to care / be worried it's a murder are (gasp!) female. yeah, i said it. and the cops are doing what??? an autopsy... not an investigation...
Ms. Thinker February 22, 2012 at 06:23 AM
I think that people like Bucephalus who need to COPY Ellen exactly to inssult her are wasting time... when people like Ellen and others actually CARE about what happened, and realize that the police and media have made this a mess and made it hard to tell truth from lie...
Ms. Thinker February 22, 2012 at 06:25 AM
me too Lucy! not one episode of CSI... i just care, cuz this hit close to home... and it doesn't make sense. i think we agree on quite a few things
Ms. Thinker February 22, 2012 at 06:33 AM
How do they know someone didn't force her through fear instead of physical force to take the pills? Like, they threatened to hurt her family? And how did it take the police 3 days to find her with dogs AND a helicopter circling around that detects body heat (apparently even after death for a few days)? Still sounds like a cover-up....
Ms. Thinker February 22, 2012 at 06:35 AM
Actually i think it said her family last spoke to her around the same time that someone saw her walking down 12... but what was that conversation? Did she call on her cell? And where was her cell phone? (It was found at home, far from her body)... It is very confusing. Even the car thing too. If she was walking during the day Monday, why did he not see the car at all until Tuesday?
Jack H February 22, 2012 at 06:40 AM
I really think you should give the authorities the benefit of the doubt and let them do their jobs. None of us know all the facts, and maybe there is foul play, but they need the time and pieces of the puzzle to work out what happened. It may very well be suicide, or it may not, but they have not ruled anything. All the report says is suspected and that is not Definate. I wish the family well during these trying times.
Ms. Thinker February 22, 2012 at 07:02 AM
I believe it is within 72 hours of time of death the likelihood of catching a murderer decreases like 90%.... furthermore each day afterward... if so, the authorities missed their big chance to do their job right... by immediately assuming no foul play...
Jack H February 22, 2012 at 08:51 AM
Ms, Thinker with all due respect I think you will find that the authorities are looking at all aspects of the case, but you are trying it in the chat forums, if you have expertise in this area than why not offer assistance to the authorities to solve what you believe is crime. It nay very well be suicide. You may never know the real reason as to what the person was thinking, but from all your posts you seem to feel you can help, son why not do so and spare the family the constant theories. They are going through enough right now. If it is a crime the authorities are not going divulge information in a poet board that might compromise their investigation.
Darren Rivchin February 22, 2012 at 03:33 PM
The police and investigators already have a good idea of what happened. Im sure an announcement will be made in the next 48 hours. To get the proper people charged properly without blowing a case entails a little work. It will be handled and make headlines soon. Again our prayers are with her and family members. Terribly sad
Ms. Thinker February 23, 2012 at 03:45 AM
@Jack H it's called the first amendment... freedom of speech. i am as entitled to express my opinion on this public forum as much as you or anyone else. i mean no harm or ill wishes towards the family, i am sure this is a difficult time for them. it doesn't mean i'm not entitled to care or express my thoughts. just like you. you're right; the authorities are not going to post anything here, this is a public discussion. the family is probably not reading these either. in fact, you only have to read it if you want to... so, it's up to you.
Ms. Thinker February 23, 2012 at 03:48 AM
that is an interesting comment... i noticed the non sequitur myself... interesting there have not been any police investigations (that are made public yet) regarding that peculiar timing... your speculation appears to be correct. it doesn't quite add up... none of this does...
Ms. Thinker February 23, 2012 at 03:50 AM
Also, regardless of monday, assuming her car was "dropped off" at the bar/restaurant after it closed (around 11:30), and she had already taken the medication before starting her walk down the road, wouldn't anyone notice a disoriented/stumbling woman with no jacket in february stumbling down the highway in the middle of the night? no one called it in? if it was a suicide... she might've been saved. that's another sad thing; if it really was a suicide, and if someone saw her at night stumbling down the road and called it in, police could've been there within minutes and possibly saved her life. ;(
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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