Inspector Charles Marcus Eldredge

Inspector Charles Marcus Eldredge

Illinois Department of Conservation - Division of Law Enforcement, Illinois

End of Watch Saturday, July 4, 1931

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Charles Marcus Eldredge

Inspector Charles Eldredge was shot and killed at the entrance to a nature preserve at Nippersink Creek in McHenry County.

It is believed that Inspector Eldredge came across poachers hunting on the land. He was shot in the chest with his own service weapon, which was also the revolver used to murder his brother, Deputy Game Warden Earle Eldredge, 24 years earlier. Inspector Eldredge had carried the revolver ever since in the hopes of finding those responsible for his brother's murder.

The suspects in both officers' murders were never apprehended.

Inspector Eldredge had served with the Illinois Department of Conservation for 20 years and had previously been a state representative.

The family's nature preserve later became the North Branch Conservation Area.


  • Age 63
  • Tour 20 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Never apprehended

poacher, trespasser

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Inspector Eldredge,
On today, the 90th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of the state of Illinois.


United States Border Patrol

July 4, 2021

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