An investigation is underway in Wisconsin following the discovery of a 10-year-old’s body in Chippewa Falls, a city about 90 miles east of Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Authorities said the remains of Liliana “Lily Peters were found on Monday around 9:15 am in a wooded area near a walking trail by the Leinenkugel Brewing Company in Chippewa Falls.
No suspects have been arrested and The Chippewa Falls Police Department are investigating the death as a possible homicide. As are multiple agencies across Wisconsin involved.
Lily was last seen leaving her aunt’s house on Sunday evening, according to police. They believe she was headed home, but she never arrived. Her father called the police around 9pm to report her missing.
Initial searches on Sunday night failed to locate Lily, leading to the deployment of additional police units, including K9 teams and drones, who were asked to assist.
Recap: School district issues statement
The Chippewa Falls school district said in a statement on Monday that it was working closely with the police investigation into Lily Peters’ death.
“If you have any information please contact the Chippewa Falls Police Department directly. Our thoughts are with the family during this difficult time, ”the school district said.
Gino Spocchia26 April 2022 14:37
Recap: Everything we know so far
Lily was reportedly visiting her aunt’s house on Sunday, and left on her bicycle to return home sometime on Sunday evening. When she did not arrive home, her father became worried and called the police.
Her body was found in a wooded area near Duncan Creek Trail, Chippewa Falls, police said Monday. The case is now being treated as a homicide investigation.
Gino Spocchia26 April 2022 14:07
Memorial at the scene
A memorial to the 10-year-old, Lily Peters, was created not far from where she was last seen in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, on Sunday evening.
Flowers and soft toys have been left at the scene, as well as a chalk drawing with the words: “Fly high Lily”, as seen in images below.
Police are still searching for a suspect in the homicide after a body found on Monday morning was confirmed to be that of Lily.
Gino Spocchia26 April 2022 13:37
Community will ‘overcome this fear’, say police
The head of the police department in Chippewa Falls said he believed the community could “overcome this fear” following the death of Lily Peters.
“An event like this threatens our sense of security,” said Chippewa Falls Police Chief Matthew Kelm on Monday. “However I believe we will come together as a community to overcome this fear”.
He appeared to address concerns among residents about the hiking trail where Lily allegedly disappeared from on Sunday night, and was found on Monday.
Mr Kelm dd not provide details about how Lily died, although the death is being treated as a homicide and police are looking for a suspect. Neither was it clear what evidence was found at the scene.
Gino Spocchia26 April 2022 13:07
Parents react to death: ‘It’s just sad’
Chippewa Falls parents have spoken of their surprise and shock at the death of Lily Peters.
Shelby Machnik, who said her three children often played with Lily, told WCCO on Monday that she “always seemed really happy”.
“I know my kids loved her,” said Ms Machnik. “Anytime she would come over they were outside hanging out with her, she always seemed really happy. It’s just sad ”.
The mother said her children also used the same walking trail near to where Lily’s body was found by police.
Gino Spocchia26 April 2022 12:37
Multiple agencies are involved in case
Multiple law enforcement agencies are involved in the investigation into Lily Peters’ death and the search for a suspect.
The Chippewa Falls Police Department said it was being assisted by the Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation, the Wisconsin State Crime Lab and several other law enforcement agencies from around the city.
Chippewa Falls is about 90 miles east of Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Gino Spocchia26 April 2022 12:07
Recap: How her body was found
Police said the discovery of Lily Peters’ body was made at around 9.15am on Monday after multiple law enforcement agencies were deployed to Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin.
“A body was located in the wooded area near the walking trail” at the Leinenkugel Brewing Company in Chippewa Falls, said police, following the earlier discovery of her bike in the parking lot.
Later on Monday, the Chippewa County Coroner’s Office confirmed the body was of Lily Peters, with police calling the death a homicide.
She was reported missing at around 9pm on Sunday after failing to return home to her aunt’s house.
Gino Spocchia26 April 2022 11:37
Recap: Suspect at large
Speaking at a press briefing on Monday evening, Chippewa Falls Police Chief Matthew Kelm did not provide details about how 10-year-old Lily Peters could have died.
He did say that no suspect was in custody and said: “The simple fact is that we have not made an arrest in this case, so the suspect is still at large”.
Police have set-up a tip line for members of the community to call.
Gino Spocchia26 April 2022 11:07
Recap: Residents told ‘be vigilant’
Chippewa Falls Police Chief Matthew Kelm said people should remain vigilant following the discovery of Lily Peters’ body.
“At this point we do not have anyone in custody and I want to reiterate that people remain vigilant as there could be a danger to the public,” Mr Kelm said during a Monday press briefing.
Gino Spocchia26 April 2022 10:32
Lily Peters: Everything we know so far
On Monday morning, ten-year-old Lily Peters was found dead of a suspected homicide in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin. Though no suspect has yet been arrested, police say they are actively pursuing multiple leads.
Here’s what we know so far:
Nathan Place26 April 2022 05:20