A juvenile suspect, who was known and close to the girl was already arrested.
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The little girl was reported missing on Sunday by her father. Sadly, the case didn’t end well. But on the bright side, an arrest has already taken place, as reported by the local police.
“Fourth-grade student Lily Peters was at her aunt’s house Sunday near Chippewa Falls. She left and was supposed to be back at her home nearby the aunt’s, but never showed up. The distance between her own home and her aunt’s is reportedly just four blocks.
Her bike and her body were found near Leinenkugel’s Brewery and near a walking trail that evening.”
Chippewa Falls Police Chief Matthew Kelm announced Monday that Lily’s body was found around 9:15 am that morning.
Kelm then announced on Tuesday evening that an arrest had been made in the case.
The arrest is reportedly a male juvenile, who was not identified in the press conference, and who was reportedly known to the family, and to Lily.
“While nothing will bring back Lily Peters, we are grateful to deliver the news of an arrest to the family,” Kelm said. He also said that over 200 tips were received and several of those turned out to be critical to the arrest of the suspect. About 20 agencies were assisting with the search and investigation.
“As you can imagine,” Kelm continued, “our first responders are tremendously impacted by anything that impacts one of our children, so it is very difficult for them, and the investigators.”
Although few details have been released thus far, Lily Peters’ death is being treated as a homicide. An autopsy is being conducted on her body.
Chippewa Falls Area Unified School District Superintendent Jeff Holmes sent a letter home to district families. He suggested that children who normally walk to school “be picked up and dropped off by trusted family members or friends until further notice.”
The letter also said, “Our buildings are on high alert; however, law enforcement has not indicated the need to consider lockdown settings at this time…We do not plan to formally announce what happened, as we are not privy to those details — we believe that law enforcement needs to be the ones to decide what or how much to share in that regard.
“We also believe that parents should be the ones to share and engage in discussion with their children about this tragic event to the greatest extent possible.”
I am devastated and constantly feel goosebumps and resentment while writing this. I can’t imagine what would happen if this was someone I knew – since I already feel shaken enough, and will be influenced by this sad story for days after…