Lily Peters news – live: Chippewa Falls police patrol schools as 10-year-old’s killer remains at large – The Independent
Police continue homicide investigation of 10-year-old girl
Police in Chippewa Falls have increased patrols around local schools as the killer of 10-year-old Liliana “Lily” Peters remains at large more than 24 hours after her body was found in a wooded area.
The police department announced that there would be an increased presence particularly around drop-off and pick-up time as the hunt for a suspect in the little girl’s death continues in the small Wisconsin city about 90 miles from Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Lily was found dead in a wooded area close to a walking trail by the Leinenkugel Brewing Company at around 9.15am on Monday morning.
Police have not revealed how she died but are treating it as a homicide investigation.
A search had been underway for the 10-year-old after she vanished on her way home from her aunt’s house on Sunday evening.
Lily’s father reported his daughter missing at around 9pm that night when she failed to return home.
K9 teams, drones and multiple law enforcement agencies were all drafted in, finding Lily’s bike on Sunday night, before her body was discovered the next morning.
In a press conference on Monday, police said the suspect was still “at large” and urged the community to be on alert.
Police are expected to give an update on the investigation into Lily Peters’ death on Tuesday evening as the hunt for her killer continues.
The Independent has contacted the Chippewa Falls Police Department for further information on the case as no arrests have been made, no suspects named and officials have warned the public to remain on alert.
A spokesperson responded to a request for information, simply saying that the department plans to put out a press release update on developments in the case later this evening.
Woods where body found was popular among kids, say locals
The wooded area where Lily Peters’ body was discovered is a popular spot for local children to play, according to shocked Chippewa Falls residents.
Locals told CBS Minnesota kids would always ride their bikes along the trail while adults would go for walks or exercise.
Jeremy Machnik’s said his own children, who go to the same school as Lily, would often play outside on the street near the trail.
He said he saw Lily “and her cousins all the time, either biking, rollerblading on a hoverboard, going up and down the street”.
“They sled in the back hill of our yard, and she’s always happy, always happy, even if it’s 15 degrees and snowing out, I see them bundled up with their sleds coming down the street when it’s snowing out. They were always outside, always playing, always happy,” he said, adding that it is usually “a great neighbourhood”
Police said Lily left her aunt’s house on Sunday evening to ride home on her bike.
Search teams first found Lily’s bike close to the walking trail in the woods on Sunday night before finding her body the next morning.
Parents in Chippewa Falls were told by the police department on Monday that they “should be the ones to share and engage in discussion with their children about this tragic event to the greatest extent possible”, according to a letter shared on social media.
The letter, which was obtained by WCCO, said additional support would be on offer for those students who needed it, and that police would work to reassure students and staff in the aftermath of Lily Peters’ death.
Lily was a fourth grade student at Parkview Elementary School, and according to the news outlet staff will meet on Tuesday to decide how to deal with the death and ongoing homicide investigation.
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.
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