Enterprise Staff Report
Investigators with the Plainfield Police Department continue their investigation this week into an apparent murder-suicide over the weekend.
On Saturday, Oct. 28, Elaine Zene, 65, a resident of Woodridge, was gunned down in the parking lot at Jewel-Osco at 135th and Route 59 just after 12:30 p.m.
Upon arrival, officers found Zene lying on the ground in that parking lot unresponsive and bleeding from apparent gunshot wounds.
An officer assisted civilians with performing CPR on the victim while other officers secured the scene, spoke with witnesses, and looked for the offender.
According to Will County Coroner Patrick K. O’Neal’s office, Elaine Zene died after suffering multiple gunshot wounds. She was pronounced dead on Saturday at 1:08 p.m. at AMITA Health Adventist Medical Center in Bolingbrook.
The shooting has been ruled a homicide.
At the scene, witnesses informed the officers that the offender fled the scene in a silver Chevy, possibly an Impala, with out of state tags. The offender was described as an older white male.
At 1:01 p.m., officers were dispatched to a home in the 24000 block of Walnut Circle, in reference to a welfare check on Raymond T. Zene, after a relative reported receiving a disturbing text message from him.
Upon arrival at the home officers tried to make contact with Mr. Zene, and heard a gunshot from inside the closed garage.
Officers set up a perimeter and contacted the Joliet Police Department’s Special Operations Squad (SOS) and other local law enforcement agencies for mutual aid and support.
Once the Joliet PD SOS unit was in place, and surrounding residents had been evacuated or secured inside their homes, the garage door to the residence was breached. A police robot equipped with cameras was sent into the garage, were a male was observed not moving, seated in the driver’s seat of a silver vehicle with out of state plates.
Further investigation showed that man was Raymond Zene, and he had died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.
The scene was secured by 5 p.m.
Zene was officially pronounced dead at 5:15 p.m. from a gunshot wound.
A search warrant was executed on the residence on Saturday evening by the Plainfield Police Investigations Unit.
Elaine and Raymond Zene were married.
Mrs. Zene filed for divorce in April 2016. Mr. Zene contested the dissolution of marriage, and a pre-trial conference was held on Oct. 17.
Mrs. Zene previously filed twice for an order of protection against her husband, once in April of 2004, and again in July of 2004.
According to court records, the April 2004 order was dismissed, citing that Mrs. Zene did not sustain her burden of proof. The July 2004 order was dismissed after Mrs. Zene left the hearing before coming before the judge.
Mrs. Zene also filed for divorce once before in 2004, but that petition was rescinded in January 2005.
Both the homicide and apparent suicide remain under investigation pending forensic results.
Both autopsies were completed on Sunday, Oct. 29. The coroner’s office noted that final cause and manner of death on both will be reported at a later date, pending police, autopsy, and toxicology reports.