Joliet man charged in murder of his mother
10/21/2013, 10 p.m.
The son of a 58-year-old Joliet woman found dead along the south banks of the Des Plaines River Oct. 17 has been charged with murder, concealing her death and obstructing justice, Joliet police said.
Shane Smith, 33, of 1610 Black Road, Joliet, was arrested at 1:40 a.m. Oct. 19. He is being held at the Will County Jail on a $500,000 bond.
Joan M. Smith's body was found at 1:30 a.m. Oct. 17. The Will County Coroner's Office has ruled her death a homicide, but the exact cause of death will not be known until an autopsy is completed, a spokesman for the office said.