the death of a Chippewa Falls girl; Juvenile suspects placed in custody 2022-04-26 18:48:52

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Chippewa Falls Police Chief Matthew Kelm said a juvenile suspect was arrested on Tuesday evening, April 26, in connection with the death of 10-year-old Eliana “Lily” Peters. The president said there was no longer any danger to society.

Chief Kelm said the suspect was no stranger – the suspect was known to the victim.

“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,” the president said. “Driving through town and through our communities, we could see the purple streaks – and frankly, I’d expect nothing less from the Chippewa Falls community.”

The body of Eliana “Lily” Peters was found Monday morning near a hiking trail in Chippewa Falls. According to the police, her death is a murder.

Lilly was last seen by family members on Sunday evening. Her father called the police around 9 p.m. after she failed to return home from a visit to her aunt’s house, which is only apartment blocks away.

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Chippewa County Sheriffs and Chippewa Falls Police used search dogs and dispatched a drone in search of the missing girl. Police say a bicycle believed to be a Lilly was found near a walking path.

Investigating the murder of Lily Peters in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin

Lily was in the fourth grade at Parkview Elementary School, where erect flowers, stuffed animals, and balloons kept growing in the open air, KSTP-TV mentioned.

The school district’s director, Jeff Holmes, sent a note to parents recommending children who normally go to or from school, instead, be picked up and picked up by trusted family members or friends until further notice.

Investigating the murder of Lily Peters in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin

“An enormous amount of work has been put into this investigation by a large team of investigators including at the federal, state, county and local levels,” Chief Kelm said. “Law enforcement has been working on this case 24 hours a day since this call came in less than 48 hours ago.”

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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