Body Found in Rural Basement

A body has been discovered in the basement of a rural home in Jo Daviess County.

Police say the body was found while they were serving an eviction order to 67-year-old Benjamin Beldon at 11833 South Breuning Road in rural Elizabeth Friday morning. The body was that of an elderly female believed to be the mother of Beldon.

An autopsy is scheduled for Monday in Rockford to confirm the identity and determine a cause of death.

Police are treating the incident as a homicide. Beldon is being held at the Jo Daviess County Sheriff's Department on an investigative hold.