14-year-old boy charged with sexual assault and murder Lily Peters, a 10-year-old girl from Wisconsin He may have been caught after a series of advice about an online post from a potential key witness, according to reports.
Tuesday – 1 day before An unidentified teenager has been arrested – An anonymous poster wrote about the possibility of seeing little Lily with “another child” and feared “another child did it”.
“The scary thing is that I was playing Pokemon Go in the park that day and I was walking along the same experience [sic]The verified Reddit user wrote in a post that was later removed by moderators.
“My stomach turns when I think I saw that girl in a pink/purple hoodie on her bike with another kid on my way out. I suspect it could be another kid who did it.”
This post sparked a flurry of pleas from other users on the True Crime subreddit to immediately call the police officers.
Instead, the Reddit user went quiet – forcing a flurry of web detectives who saw the disturbing thread to make sure detectives were aware of it, including thousands of miles away from the Chippewa Falls crime scene.
“When I saw the post and saw that the original poster was not responding, I thought it was something to contact,” one of them, Angela Osment, said the sun From her home in Virginia, more than 1,000 miles from the Chippewa Falls crime scene.
“This person is putting himself on the scene and is probably the last person who saw Lily alive,” she and her co-workers added on the web, “and they watched everything play out right in front of them.”
“We wanted to know who the person you saw with him was? What was he wearing? How tall are you? How old are you? But then he didn’t reply…so I took it upon myself to call the police,” Osment said.
Within minutes, a female investigator called and thanked me for calling the information and sending the screenshots and said he just wanted to let me know they were working on it, she said.
Chippewa Falls police did not immediately respond to requests for comment on whether the information was crucial to Wednesday’s arrest.
“I would like to know if the tipping led to the arrest,” Osment said.
“We’ll probably never know, but it’s amazing to think that someone like me in Virginia could help in a tragic situation in Wisconsin.”
The original Reddit user confirmed that the post is original in . format Talk to freelance journalist Kate Smithwithout revealing whether they had contacted investigators.
“Since that day I couldn’t stop thinking” That was the girl I saw [Lily]And I’ll never really know,” the user told Smith.
“But it breaks my heart something like that would happen.”
The 14-year-old suspect, who has not been identified, was on hold on a $1 million cash bond after he appeared in court for the first time on Wednesday.
Attorney General Wade Newell said he had made statements “that his intent was to rape and kill the victim from the start.”
“He punched the victim in the stomach, knocked her to the ground, basically strangled her, beat her with a stick, before strangling her to death – before sexually assaulting her,” Newell told the judge at the bond hearing. .
He was charged with first-degree murder, first-degree sexual assault and first-degree sexual assault of a child under the age of 13 resulting in significant bodily harm.