Police continue investigation into the murder of a 10-year-old girl
Police in Chippewa Falls have arrested a juvenile suspect in connection with the murder of 10-year-old Liliana “Lily” Peters.
Leader Matthew Kelm announced his arrest at a press conference on Tuesday evening, where he did not reveal the name, gender or age of the suspect, but said they were known to the murdered schoolgirl.
Police have executed a search warrant at the home on North Grove Street where the 10-year-old is believed to have been last seen alive.
Following the search, the police chief said, the suspect was arrested.
Lilly was reported missing around 9 pm on Sunday when she failed to return to her home on East Birch Street near her aunt’s home on North Grove Street.
The schoolgirl’s bike was found nearby hours later.
Then, at about 9.15 a.m. Monday, Lilly’s body was discovered in a nearby wooded area near a hiking trail by the Leinenkugel Brewing Company.
The cause of Lily’s death has not yet been confirmed, but investigators are treating it as a murder.
The police chief said there was no further danger to the public.
The Chippewa Falls community honors the life of Lily Peters
The Chippewa Valley community came together in a show of support for Lily Peters and her family.
To honor her life, they began filling a monument in front of her school, Parkview Elementary, and filled it with purple flowers, stuffed animals, and signs calling for justice for Lilly.
Locals have built another memorial near Duncan Creek on Jefferson Avenue, where the 10-year-old’s body was found Monday morning.
“I grew up in this city. I’ve lived here pretty much since I was in kindergarten and have always felt safe,” said Chelsea Torgerson of Chippewa Falls. WQOW.com. “I know these things happen all over the world every single day, but this is very close to home.”
Namita SinghApril 27, 2022 05:30
A GoFundMe page created for Lily Peters
A GoFundMe page for murdered 10-year-old Lily Peters was created to raise funds for her funeral and memorial.
First of all Erin McCarthy, “Lilly’s close family friend”, Page said “Lily’s loss is devastating” and “Although Lily is no longer with us, her spirit and smiles will always be.”
“This is a tragic loss and a complete nightmare. All donations will go to Lilly’s family for the cost of the funeral, as well as additional expenses that may occur (sic) memorial.”
Namita SinghApril 27, 2022 05:15
The school district provides support to the area where Lily Peters was in school
A nearby school district lent their support to the school district where 10-year-old Lily Peters was a fourth-grader.
In a letter sent to parents on Tuesday, Eau Claire Area School District (ECASD) superintendent Mike Johnson said he has reached out to Chippewa Falls Area Unified School District (CFAUSD) to provide support “through employment and other resources.”
Mr Johnson also said that support such as counseling is available to ECASD students and staff who may be affected by Lilly’s death “due to our proximity to Chippewa Falls” and urged the community to work together during this time.
“As always, please reach out to me or our staff with concerns and questions. The note said our students, families, staff and our community need to support each other during this difficult time.
Lily was in fourth grade at Parkview Elementary School, part of CFAUSD.
Rachel SharpApril 27, 2022 05:00
Locals tie purple ribbons around the city in honor of the night
On Tuesday afternoon, locals tied purple ribbons around town in honor of the slain 10-year-old Lily Peters.
Several members of the Chippewa Falls community have been seen attaching ribbons to light poles throughout the downtown area, according to the British newspaper The Guardian. Milwaukee Journal Ranger.
Ingrid Sivers, who owns the local Olson Ice Cream Parlor, attached one to the front of the store where she said the community was “in great mourning” over the young girl’s death.
“It’s a very tight-knit little town and I think it was just a shock,” she said.
“We’re just here to show solidarity and love for each other and the family and friends they’ve lost.”
Rachel SharpApril 27 2022 04:20
We urge the public to continue to stay away from the crime scene
Police are urging members of the public to continue to stay away from the crime scene as the investigation continues.
Law enforcement continues to control the scene, which he said is the wooded area around the footpath between the north end of Grove Street and the brewery parking lot, Chippewa Falls Police Chief Matthew Kelm said at a press conference Tuesday night.
“This is critical to the integrity of the investigation and we will ask you to continue to avoid this area,” President Kelem said.
He added that the crime scene was treated on Monday evening, and Lilly’s body was transferred for autopsy.
Rachel SharpApril 27, 2022 03:45
Full story: Juvenile arrested on suspicion of murdering Lily Peters
A minor known for the murder of 10-year-old Liliana “Lily” Peters has been arrested on suspicion of her murder, according to authorities.
Chippewa Falls Police Chief Matthew Kelm announced at a press conference Tuesday night that the suspect had been arrested earlier that evening and that there was no longer any danger to the public.
The police chief said the suspect was “not a stranger” but was “known” to the 10-year-old dead.
The suspect’s name, gender and age were not disclosed and Chief Kelm did not confirm whether the individual was a relative of Lilly.
The arrest came after police executed a search warrant at 422 North Grove Street in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, and collected evidence from the property, he said.
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Rachel SharpApril 27, 2022 03:15
Police tape and a heavy law enforcement presence on the property
A heavy law enforcement presence was seen at a home on North Grove Street on Tuesday evening, where the execution of a police search warrant led to the suspected killer.
The photos were posted online by KARE11 reporter Lou Ragoz Police tape revealed around the house on North Grove Street and the road was closed as law enforcement carried out items from the property.
Police Chief Matthew Kelm said at a news conference that a search warrant was executed at 422 North Grove Street, and after evidence was found, one suspect was arrested.
Records show that Lily’s relatives live at the address, and when the 10-year-old girl was reported missing, police said she disappeared after leaving her aunt’s house on North Grove Street to head to her home on East Birch Street.
Rachel Sharp27 Apr 2022 02:35
The public sent more than 200 tips during the investigation
Police Chief Kelm said members of the public sent more than 200 tips to police during the search for Lily Peters’ killer.
The police chief thanked members of the public who provided “critical” information in the investigation.
“While nothing will bring Lily Peters back or change what happened, we are very grateful to be able to deliver this news to the family and community,” he said of the arrest.
He also spoke about the way the community came together in the tragedy, noting that purple ribbons have been tied around lampposts across town in honor of the 10-year-old.
Rachel SharpApril 27, 2022 02:00
It no longer poses a danger to the public, says the police chief
Chippewa Falls Police Chief Matthew Kelm said there is no longer any danger to the public following the arrest of a suspected event in connection with the murder of Lily Peter.
Police had warned the community to remain vigil on Monday as the killer was still at large.
Parents were urged not to allow their children to walk to and from school and there was a heavy police presence at local schools on Tuesday especially during pick-up and drop-off times.
After the suspect was arrested, Chief Kelm said the police did not believe there was any continuing danger to the community.
When pressed to see if the police were looking for anyone else in connection with the murder, he repeated, “I am confident there is no danger to society at this time.”
Rachel Sharp27 Apr 2022 01:32
The arrest came after a search warrant was executed in the house Lily was last seen alive
The arrest came after police executed a search warrant at 422 North Grove Street in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, the police chief said.
The address is Aunt Lily’s home where the 10-year-old is believed to have been last seen alive on Sunday.
Before her arrest, police said Lilly disappeared after leaving her aunt’s house on North Grove Street on Sunday for her home on nearby East Birch Street. The two addresses are about a six-minute walk away.
Lily never got home and her father reported her missing to the police around 9 p.m. that night.
A search was launched to track down the missing girl and her bike was found hours later.
The next morning, at about 9:15 a.m., first responders found Lily’s body in a nearby woodland near a walking trail next to the Leinenkugel Brewing Company.
Rachel SharpApril 27 2022 00:58