Child’s Body Found by Volunteers Searching in Watson, IL for Missing 7 Year Old Willow Long … Justin D. DeRyke, Uncle of Missing 7 Year Old Charged With Murder
Terrible new in the case of missing 7 year old Willow Long.
A child’s body has been found in the search for missing Willow Long in the town of Watson, IL. There has been no positive identification of the body has been made at this time. An autopsy to determine the child’s identity and cause of death is scheduled for later this morning. Police have now confirmed that the body found was that of missing Willow Long.
What kind of a sub-human would do such a thing? Rest in Peace Willow.
Authorities say Justin D. DeRyke, 22, of Watson, Ill. has been arrested for the murder of Willow Long.
DeRyke is the 7-year-old’s maternal uncle, according to a news release.
Effingham County State’s Attorney Bryan Kibler said he expects to charge DeRyke with First Degree Murder charges for Willow’s death, Wednesday, and additional charges could be filed later. DeRyke’s first court appearance is set for Wednesday afternoon.
Justin DeRyke will be charged with first-degree murder
Police confirmed the body of Willow Long was found by four search volunteers in an area south of Watson around 7:30 p.m. Monday.
Her uncle, 22-year-old Justin DeRyke, was arrested at 5:55 a.m. Tuesday. Authorities said he would officially be charged with first-degree murder Wednesday and it is possible more charges will be filed.
Authorities said DeRyke would make an initial court appearance that same day.
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