Father of 2 young children found murdered in Northbrook office

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NORTHBROOK, Ill. -- Police in north suburban Northbrook are investigating the homicide of a 36-year-old man.

Local real estate attorney Jigar K. Patel was found dead in his office, located in the 1300 block of Shermer Road. Police were called there for a well-being check at about 7:30 p.m. Wednesday when they discovered the body.

An autopsy by the Cook County Medical Examiner says he was strangled.

Patel he lived in Prospect Heights with his wife and two very young daughters. One neighbor tells WGN she’d been praying for the family since noticing a lot of cars parked outside their home."

Northbrook business owners say police have been canvassing their shops looking for leads and surveillance video, but they also say they haven’t been getting a lot of answers,  and they’re worried knowing Patel’s killer is still out there.”

“It’s been very concerning," said Kathryn Samuelson, Trattoria Oliverii Restaurant. "We’re very close to where the situation happened, co-workers live in the area and the community has a right to know what’s going on. They say we don’t have to worry and then we hear that they don’t have a suspect in custody."

Despite concerns from the community, officials say this is an isolated incident and there is no threat to the community.

If anyone has information or saw anything suspicious in the area on Wednesday, in the afternoon or evening hours, call Northbrook police at 847-564-2060.