CHICAGO — A man who was found dead inside a garbage can along a Chicago Public Schools "Safe Passage" route in Englewood was beaten to death, an autopsy showed Tuesday.
Streets and Sanitation workers found the body of Ernest Pritchett III, 51, about 10 a.m. Monday in the 700 block of West 61st Place, according to police and the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office. Pritchett, whose address was unknown, was pronounced dead at the scene at 10:45 a.m.
An autopsy ruled Pritchett's death a homicide and his cause of death as a beating.
Pritchett's body was found on the first day of the 2013-2014 school year, less than a block from the Safe Passage route on Halsted Street that serves students from Nicholson Technology Academy.
Police said Tuesday no one was in custody in connection with his death.