Agencies Cooperate In Investigation Of Body
Found In Rural Area
On Aug. 26th, at approximately 5:20pm, the Macon County Sheriff’s Office (MSO) was notified of a possible deceased person located along Pit Road in the rural area of Niantic. Deputies arrived at the location and confirmed that the person was deceased. The crime scene was secured until investigators from the Macon County Sheriff’s Office and the Illinois State Police (ISP) began the death investigation. The initial investigation established that the death involved suspicious circumstances and that it appeared to be an unnatural death.
While the death investigation was being conducted by MSO and ISP, the Decatur City Police Department (DPD) were investigating a report of a missing person. DPD had received a report on 8/25/14 of a missing person from inside the City of Decatur and were actively investigating the case. Information shared between both DPD and MSO led to the possible identity of the deceased person. It is believed that the victim was a 53 year old resident of Decatur.
A person of interest had already been identified by DPD and they were in the process of interviewing the person, while other leads were being investigated. DPD, ISP and MSO Detectives combined their efforts and successfully established probable cause that led to the arrest of a 64 year old Decatur Illinois resident for First Degree Murder.
It is believed that the suspect and the victim were both in a domestic relationship previously and that the death occurred in the rural area of Macon County.
“The interagency cooperation involving DPD, ISP and MSO led to a quick and successful conclusion to this investigation, said Sheriff Thomas Schneider”. “Other support agencies involved in the investigation included the Macon County States Attorney Office, Macon County Coroner’s Office, ISP Crime Scene Services, MABAS 46 and the Macon County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Management Agency”.
Condolences to the family of the victim are extended from all agencies involved in the investigation.
Following interviews of two finalists on August 25, the Decatur Park Board of Commissioners appointed Stacey Young to fill the unexpired term of Commissioner Cindy Deadrick-Wolfer. The board’s goal was to find an individual who is committed to serving the Park District, involved in the community, and representative of the diverse population it serves.
Young, a Community Relations Coordinator at Ameren Illinois, is a native of Decatur, graduate of DLI, member of the Grow Decatur initiative, and board member for the Rotary Club and United Way of Decatur and Mid Illinois. In her letter of interest, Young said, “As a concerned citizen of Decatur, I am passionate about the growth and sustainability of this community. By keeping our community beautiful, safe, and economically stable, we can grow and attract commerce to this area. The Decatur Park District has a vital role in the growth of our community.”
President Jack Kenny said the board received several excellent letters of interest but pointed to Stacey Young’s support of the Park District’s mission, ideas for future growth, and sound business background as key to her selection as appointee.
For more information, please contact Airport Director Tim Wright at 428-2423.
Decatur City Council Petitions Available August 26
Petitions for persons interested in running for Mayor of the City of Decatur or one of the three seats on Decatur City Council will be available beginning Tuesday, August 26.
The petitions will be available beginning at 8 a.m. in the office of the City Clerk, located on the 2nd floor of the Decatur Civic Center, 1 Gary K. Anderson Plaza. They will also be available online on the city’s web site at www.decaturil.gov.
The positions of Mayor and three four-year council terms will be up for election April 7, 2015. Petitions must contain the signatures of 71 registered voters. Candidates must also file a Statement of Economic Interest with the Macon County Clerk and must submit the receipt from that filing to the City Clerk when petitions are filed. Candidate’s names will be placed on the ballot in order of time of filing.
Council candidates must be a citizen of the United States, registered voter, age 18 or older and must reside within the city limits for one year preceding the election. Nominating petitions may be filed in the office of the City Clerk beginning at 8:00 a.m. Monday, November 17 through 5:00 p.m. November 24, 2014.
A primary election will be held if 13 (thirteen) petitions are filed for the council seats and/or 5 (five) petitions are filed for the Mayoral seat. Contact Linda M. Swartz at 424-2708 for more information.