The body of a missing 10-year-old was found Monday morning in Wisconsin as police have now ruled her death a homicide and warned the community there could be a danger to the public.
Illiana “Lily” Peters was reported missing by her father on Sunday after failing to return from her aunt’s home.
Peters was a fourth grader at Parkview Elementary in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin.
Parkview administration now recommends that parents accompany their children to and from school and not let them walk alone.
“By now you have most likely heard of the tragic incident that took place last night to date that claimed the life of a CFAUSD student,” school Superintendent Jeff Holmes said in a statement to parents.
“We think it is important for you to be aware of what we may be sharing at this time. We have no plans to officially announce what happened as we are not privy to those details – we believe law enforcement must be the ones who must decide what or how much to share in this regard.“
Peters’ father reported her missing after she didn’t come home. She was supposed to go home from her aunt’s house, to the 50 block of East Birch Street, but was not found in the area.
Her bicycle was found abandoned near her aunt’s house near a hiking trail in the Linsey Ball Brewery parking lot.
Drones and K9 teams searched the area after dark Sunday night and Peters’ body was discovered around 9.15am Monday morning.
Her body was found in a wooded area on the Duncan Creek Trail.
In a news conference Monday morning, Chippewa Falls Police Chief Matthew Kelm confirmed that Lily’s body had been found in the woods.
“The Chippewa County Coroner’s Office has now confirmed that this is the body of Iliana Peters,” he said. “At this point, we consider this a murder investigation.”
He added that there were currently no arrests and encouraged people to contact the police if they had any information.
Kelm also said people should “maintain a state of vigilance as there may be a risk to the public”.
He said first responders were “hugely affected” by the case.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Chippewa County Dispatch Center at 715-726-7701 and select option 1.
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