7 Year Old Willow Long Missing Since 9/8/13 in Watson, IL


7 year old Willow Long has been missing since Sunday morning, September 8, 2013 in Watson, Illinois. Willow walked away from her home on Circle Drive in Watson Sunday morning after an argument with her mother, and has not been seen since. Willow was reported missing by her parents at approximately 10:15 this morning. Calling all to come out and help search for little 7 year old Willow Long.

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Missing – Willow Long

The Effingham County Sheriff’s Department say they’re searching for 7-year old Willow Long of Watson. Police tell us the girl walked away from her home on Circle Drive in Watson Sunday morning after an argument with her mother, and has not been seen since.

Willow is approximately 4-foot tall, and has shoulder-length red hair. She was last seen wearing a long purple shirt, oversize like a nightgown.

8:30PM UPDATE: Effingham County Sheriff John Monnet said, “We don’t feel there’s foul play, that she just walked off. We’re gonna continue until we find her”. The Sheriff said, however, “it’s been quite a time since she’s been missing, and time is not a good thing.” Monnet said Willow’s mother Cierra Deryke was feeling ill, and was in bed. She got up once to check on Willow and her 3-year old brother, and they were watching TV. She got up later and Willow was gone. She asked her son where Willow was, and the boy pointed toward the front door

UPDATE I: Help pours in to search for missing girl.

UPDATE II: Child’s body found in search for missing Willow Long … positively ID’d as Willow Long.

If anyone has seen Willow, or know of her location, please call the Effingham County Sheriff’s Department at (217) 342-2101.

Posted September 8, 2013 by
Missing Persons | 6 comments

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    6 Responses to “7 Year Old Willow Long Missing Since 9/8/13 in Watson, IL”

    1. Tamikosmom on September 8th, 2013 11:25 pm

      UPDATE: Hundreds aid in search for missing girl
      September 8, 2013

      WATSON — More than 400 volunteers prepared to search through the night for missing Willow Long. As of 10 p.m. Sunday, the 7-year-old Watson girl had not been found after a daylong search. …

      Effingham County Sheriff’s Department had already checked with Long’s friends and other places she may have gone before turning their attention to the railroad tracks near her home and the fields north of Watson.

      A search dog was believed to have picked up her scent Sunday night, and the search was narrowed to a nearly 20-square-mile area of bean and corn fields. At last report, approximately 9 square miles had been searched. Foul play is not suspected in the disappearance.


    2. Tamikosmom on September 8th, 2013 11:28 pm
    3. A Texas Grandfather on September 9th, 2013 9:48 am

      This child could be anywhere. Effingham is the crossroads for traffic to St. Louis and Chicago.

    4. Tamikosmom on September 10th, 2013 9:49 am


      Crime scene tape surrounds Willow Long’s home; ISP takes over investigation
      Posted on: 10:13 am, September 9, 2013

      WATSON, IL (KTVI) – The Illinois State Police have taken over the case of missing Willow Long, 7.

      She was reported missing Sunday by her mother. On Monday night, the body of a small child was found south of the village of Watson in Effinghman County. The State’s Attorney’s office says four volunteer searchers located the body around 7:30 p.m.

      Officials, however, have not confirmed that it is the body of Willow Long or any details about the body. On Tuesday morning, authorities suspended the search for Willow. An autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday morning.

      Family members of the missing girl weren’t commenting Monday afternoon, other than to say they appreciated the efforts of those volunteering and expressing their hope that Willow would be found.

      Police say there is no evidence at this point of any foul play in the girl’s disappearance.

      Willow lives with her mother, uncle and grandparents. Her mother and uncle were home when she went missing. The two, ages 26 and 22, are being held for questioning according to the girl’s grandfather.


    5. Tamikosmom on September 10th, 2013 4:31 pm


      Effingham County State’s Attorney Bryan M. Kibler has released the following information this afternoon on the arrest of Justin D. DeRyke in the murder of 7-year old Willow Long of Watson.

      “On Tuesday, September 10, 2013 at approximately 5:55a.m., agents of Illinois State Police Zone 7 Investigations placed Justin D DeRyke, 22, of Watson, Illinois, under arrest for the murder of Willow Long, 7, of Watson. Mr. DeRyke is the maternal uncle of the deceased child.

      An autopsy being conducted at this hour by Dr. John A Heidingsfelder, forensic pathologist has confirmed the identity of the body of a child found Monday evening by volunteer searchers south of Watson to be that of Willow Long. All indications are that the death is a homicide. The autopsy is ongoing and is being facilitated at St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital in Effingham.

      The Effingham County Sheriff’s Department and the Illinois State Police continue to investigate the matter.

      The Effingham County State’s Attorney’s Office will file First Degree Murder charges against the defendant on Wednesday afternoon in Effingham County Circuit Court, pending the possibility of additional charges to be filed later.

      The defendant’s initial court appearance will take place on Wednesday, September 11, 2013, at 1:00p.m., on the second floor of the Effingham County Government Center, 120 W. Jefferson Ave. in Effingham, IL.”


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