By Doris Elmore
The Village of Atwood has had two tragedies of young people recently, Karen Fennessy on December 23, 2022 and Eian Urban on January 20, 2023. The loss of these residents, one 20 years old and one 19, is upsetting to everyone. Whether you knew them or not, it is difficult to understand.
People continue to think that nothing ever happens in a small town. This proves there is no small town USA anymore. Bad things happen, just not as often as a larger town.
According to Atwood Police Chief Rob Bross, on Friday morning, January 20, the body of Eian Urban, 19, was found lying in the 100 block of West Central by the backdoor of former business, Things Forgotten. A passerby saw the body and called 911.
There were no obvious signs of trauma. Final cause of death depends on the toxicology report, which will take between 30-45 days. Rumors are false that another dead person was found at the cemetery, or the body was found by a youth on their way to school.
Eian’s mother is Anna Urban of Michigan. When in Atwood, he lived with his grandfather Art Urban who passed away on December 17, 2020.
This incident is being investigated by the Atwood Police Department and Piatt County Coroner’s Office. Additional information will be forthcoming as it is available.