Oak Park police say they plan to file charges against a relative of an 81-year-old man reportedly found beaten to death inside his Austin Boulevard apartment on Jan. 6.

The body of Oak Park resident Patrick Dooley, 81, was discovered in his apartment on Saturday by police. The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office reported that Dooley had died as a result of multiple injuries suffered during an assault. His death was ruled a homicide.

Dooley was discovered inside his apartment in the 100 block of North Austin Boulevard, where he lived alone, at about 7:40 p.m. on Jan. 6, according to police.

A news release stated that “the public was never at risk, since no obvious signs of foul play or forced entry into the apartment were found.”

Police reported that the incident began as a death investigation when they entered the apartment for a well-being check at the request of a family member. Police say they will release more information as it becomes available.

CONTACT: tim@oakpark.com

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