Suburban woman appears to have died from ‘multiple blunt force trauma,’ officials say

HINSDALE, Ill. -- A suburban woman found dead in her home appears to have died from trauma, according to officials.

Authorities say Andrea Urban suffered multiple blunt force trauma.  The final cause of death is still pending further investigation. A family member discovered the body, yesterday afternoon inside Urban’s home in the 700 block of Town Place in Hinsdale.

Police say they’re making progress in the investigation.  The crime scene is fully processed, they’re examining surveillance footage from the area, conducting interviews with relatives and friends, and following several credible leads.

51-year-old Urban was an actress.  She had battled leukemia and was known as a vocal advocate for medical marijuana.

Urban is described as “a very warm soul” and someone who always sat in the front row at church and hardly missed a Sunday.

Pastor Lars Stromberg of the Hinsdale Covenant Church describes her as “Lively eccentric” and  “eager.” “She was emotional in every good way,” he said.

Andrea had been a member of Hinsdale Covenant Church for about a year.

Friday night the church community held a vigil and tried to lift their spirits together through prayer.

Urban was a divorced mother of two children. Today, their schools, Monroe Elementary and Hinsdale Central High, offered crisis counseling for students.

Records show Urban took out an order of protection against a man a couple of years ago.  She had also indicated in recent court filings that she was planning to move to Michigan.

Police say they don’t believe this was random.

Hinsdale’s police chief says investigators are working around the clock and are asking for help from the public. The Illinois State Crime Commission is putting up a $5,000  reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction.