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CRETE — Will County Sheriff’s investigators are searching for two male subjects believed to be responsible for the home invasion and death of Francisco Aranda in Crete Township on Sunday.

The 63-year-old Aranda was found dead in the trunk of a car in the garage by sheriff’s deputies. His 59-year-old wife was found inside the vehicle and was taken to a local hospital for treatment of her injuries. She was expected to be released Tuesday after being treated for severe injuries to her hands, according to the sheriff’s office.

A relative called police Monday morning after the couple had not shown up for work at their respective jobs.

Aranda’s wife told police two masked males entered the house, which is located in the 26000 block of South Klemme Road.

She said the couple were both bound with their hands tied behind their backs and placed in the trunk by the intruders, who police say specifically targeted the couple to rob.

Arnada’s wife said her husband began kicking at the back seat in order to escape. He was able to loosen one side allowing his wife to crawl through the opening.

She said she heard her husband breathing erratically before she passed out.

Investigators said Aranda’s action most likely saved his wife’s life.

The Will County Coroner’s Office completed an autopsy Tuesday and found the cause of death to be inconclusive, pending toxicology and lab reports. Aranda was found with no external trauma to his body.

Anyone with information can call investigators at 815-727-8574.

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