The man found stabbed to death near Bicentennial Park had been seen earlier in the evening drinking in a nearby parking lot, and now Joliet police are hoping to track down the people he was with, Cmdr. Brian Benton said.
Jarrod W. Marks, 43, originally from South Dakota, had been living with relatives in Joliet for the last few weeks, Benton said.
Police have been told that Marks was seen with several people Sunday night, hours before his body was discovered at about 6 a.m. Monday on a Bluff Street sidewalk, near Marion Street and not far from the far southern end of Bicentennial Park.
Marks had been stabbed several times, but police know of no motive for the murder, Benton said. It's believed he was killed sometime late Sunday night and early Monday morning.
Although he was currently unemployed, according to Benton, online records show Marks started a company in Sisseton, S.D., in 2008 through which he did secretarial work and typing for document preparation. The phone number to that company is no longer in service.
According to his Facebook page, Marks graduated from Sisseton High School in 1987 and at some point worked for the Dakota Magic Casino in Hankison, N.D. It also listed that he was single and interested in men.
Police had had recent contact with Marks when an officer conducted a "field interview" with him, but no arrest was made and Benton said he did not know why the officer spoke with him.
Anyone with information on who Marks might have been with on Sunday night or any other details on the case is asked to call the Joliet Police Department's investigative unit at 815-724-3020 or Crimestoppers of Will County at 800-323-6734. Tips can also be submitted via text message by texting “WILLCOCS” and TIP to 274637.
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