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Former Kendall County Food Pantry director found dead

Autopsy set for tomorrow to determine cause of death

The former executive director of the Kendall County Food Pantry, Maria Spaeth, was found dead in her Lake Holiday home yesterday, DeKalb County Coroner Dennis Miller confirmed.

Miller said that Spaeth, 52, was transported to Valley West Hospital in Sandwich and pronounced dead at approximately 3:20 p.m. The cause of death is still being determined, with an autopsy scheduled for tomorrow morning, according to Miller. He said the results of that autopsy will not be known for at least two to three weeks pending a toxicology report.

Spaeth and her husband, Ken, the pantry's treasurer, resigned their positions June 7, according to Brian Young, an attorney representing the organization.

Young confirmed the Food Pantry Board had accepted the Spaeths' letter of resignation.

Young, an attorney with the law firm of Morse & Bolduc and Dinos, is the son of Jeff Young, a member of the board who has been been appointed interim chair of the board and executive director.

Brian Young did not say if the resignations were related to a possible theft of funds from the pantry that police say they are currently investigating. Charges have not been filed in that case and police have said it is an ongoing investigation.

As part of their investigation, police said in a statement that they served search warrants on the food pantry building at 208 Beaver St. and on a personal residence located in Kendall County on June 1.

Police have not yet released information on the exact amount of money that may have been taken but some media outlets have reported that it is $100,000 to $200,000. The food pantry is continuing to function as the investigation proceeds.

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