Adolescente dell'Illinois trovato picchiato a morte, 55-arrestato vicino di casa di un anno

Steven Butler III, un quattordicenne di Champaign, Malato., è stato segnalato come scomparso da suo padre giovedì sera.

According to the nonprofit Missing Person Awareness Network, l'adolescente era uscito di casa intorno 5 p.m. giovedi. Police said in a dichiarazione the father reported him missing about two and a half hours later.

Daryl Vandyke has a criminal record stretching back to 1986.

Daryl Vandyke has a criminal record stretching back to 1986. (Champaign County Correction Center)

Police searched the neighborhood and took other investigative efforts to locate Steven without success.


Attorno 7 a.m. Venerdì, a pair of bicyclists found a body about 1.4 lontano miglia, ha detto la polizia. Investigators determined it was Steven’s.

With help from the local sheriff’s department, police identified Daryl Vandyke, 55, as a person of interest and took him into custody by 11 a.m.

Before securing a warrant for the murder charge, police arrested him on an outstanding warrant in Douglas County, the Champaign Police Department said in a statement.

After taking him into custody, police said they founda potential crime sceneand obtained a search warrant for a private residence, where they recovered more evidence.

That evidence led to first-degree murder charges, diceva la dichiarazione.

Vandyke was an acquaintance of Steven’s father, Champaign County State’s Attorney Julia Rietz told the News-Gazette, an area newspaper. She also said the cause of death appeared to be blunt force trauma and that an autopsy was set for Monday.

Champaign County jail records show Vandyke has a criminal record stretching back to 1986, including an allegation of sexual abuse and more than a dozen drug-related charges.

He was being held there on $ 2 milioni di obbligazioni.

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