Wife, son of Illinois officer who staged suicide being investigated

FOX LAKE, Ill. (AP) – An official says the wife and son of an Illinois police lieutenant who killed himself during a probe of the youth program he ran are also under criminal investigation.

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The official, who was briefed on the investigation, told The Associated Press’s Don Babwin Thursday that it centers on the Fox Lake Police Explorer Post from which Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz allegedly stole thousands of dollars over the course of seven years.

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The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the investigation publicly.

He said Gliniewicz’s wife, Melodie, and son D.J. are caught up in the probe. Melodie Gliniewicz took part in the Explorer program. D.J. Gliniewicz has angrily dismissed suggestions that his father took his own life.

The Associated Press has left voicemail and email messages seeking comment from an attorney for the family.

Authorities revealed the embezzlement investigation Wednesday and confirmed weeks of suspicion that Gliniewicz killed himself and staged the scene to look like he died in the line of duty.

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