Police are continuing the murder investigation of a 10-year-old girl
Police in Chippewa Falls have stepped up patrols around local schools as the killer of 10-year-old Liliana “Lily” Peters remains at large for more than 24 hours after her body was found in a wooded area.
The police department announced that there would be an increased presence especially around the time of delivery and pickup, as the hunt for a suspect in the little girl’s death continues in the small town about 90 miles east of Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Lily was found dead in a wooded area near a hiking trail at the Leinenkugel Brewing Company around 9.15am 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 disappeared on her way home from her aunt’s house Sunday night.
Lily’s father reported his daughter missing around noon. 21 that night when she did not come home.
K9 teams, drones and several law enforcement agencies were all called in and found Lily’s bike Sunday night before her body was discovered the next morning.
In a news conference Monday, police said the suspect was still “at large” and urged the community to be vigilant.
Memorial set up outside the school for Lily Peters
A touching memorial was set up outside Lily Peter’s school as members of the local community paid tribute to the slain 10-year-old.
A large purple banner with the text “Justice for Lily” and with a picture of a lily was attached to the fence around her primary school.
Teddy bears, balloons and candles were also left on the spot.
Rachel SharpApril 26, 2022 5:11 PM
Police are increasing the presence around local schools while the hunt for the killer continues
The Chippewa Falls Police Department has increased the presence of law enforcement officers around local schools as the hunt for Lily Peters’ killer begins its second day.
“You may notice an increased presence of law enforcement around our schools,” the department said in a post on its Facebook page Tuesday morning.
“We will increase our patrolling, especially during drop-off and pick-up times.”
Lily was found dead Monday morning in a wooded area hours after she was reported missing by her father Sunday night when she failed to return home from her aunt’s house.
Police have called her death a homicide and warned that – without a suspect in custody – there could be a continuing threat to society.
Rachel SharpApril 26, 2022 4:30 p.m.
Community reels after the body of Lily Peters have been found
Community members have been left in a state of shock after the body of 10-year-old Lily Peters was found in a wooded area of Chippewa Falls Monday morning.
Amanda Behm, who has lived in Chippewa Falls all her life and now raises her own children there, asked who could hurt the “poor little 10-year-old girl.”
“This poor little 10-year-old girl, who’s doing it? It’s just so hard. Everyone I know and don’t know sends me messages and says, take care of your children,” she said. WIStolt.
She said she and her children had paid tribute to Lily when memorials appeared around the local area.
“My kids were with me so we went out and colored her name and let people know, hey, kids live here and we want to be on alert,” she said.
Rachel SharpApril 26, 2022 16:02
Parents sent letter from police
Parents in Chippewa Falls were told Monday by the police department that they “should be the ones sharing and engaging in discussion with their children about this tragic event as much as possible,” according to a letter shared on social media.
The letter, received by WCCO, said additional support would be offered to students who needed it and that police would work to reassure students and staff in the wake of Lily Peters’ death.
Lily was a fourth-grader at Parkview Elementary School, and according to the news media, staff will meet on Tuesday to decide how to deal with the death and the ongoing homicide investigation.
Gino SpocchiaApril 26, 2022 3:07 PM
Summary: Statement from the school district
Chippewa Falls School District said in a statement 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 SpocchiaApril 26, 2022 2:37 PM
Summary: Everything we know so far
Lily was reportedly visiting her aunt on Sunday and took off on her bike to return home sometime Sunday night. When she did not return home, her father became concerned and called the police.
Her body was found in a wooded area near the Duncan Creek Trail, Chippewa Falls, police said Monday. The case is now being treated as a homicide investigation.
Gino SpocchiaApril 26, 2022 2:07 PM
Memorial on site
A memorial to the 10-year-old, Lily Peters, was created not far from where she was last seen in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, Sunday night.
Flowers and soft toys have been left on site, as well as a chalk drawing with the words: “Fly high Lily”, as seen in the pictures below.
Police are still searching for a suspect in the murder after a body found Monday morning was confirmed to be Lily.
Gino SpocchiaApril 26, 2022 1:37 PM
The community will ‘overcome this fear’, police said
The head of the Chippewa Falls Police Department said he believed the community could “overcome this fear” after Lily Peter’s death.
“An event like this threatens our sense of security,” Chippewa Falls Police Chief Matthew Kelm said Monday. “But I believe we will come together as a community to overcome this fear.”
He appeared to be addressing concerns among residents about the hiking trail, where Lily allegedly disappeared from Sunday night, and was found Monday.
Sir. Kelm does not provide details on how Lily died, though the death is being treated as a homicide and police are looking for a suspect. It was also not clear what evidence was found at the site.
Gino SpocchiaApril 26, 2022 1:07 PM
Parents react to death: ‘It’s just sad’
Chippewa Falls parents have spoken of their surprise and shock over Lily Peter’s death.
Shelby Machnik, who said her three children often played with Lily, told WCCO on Monday that she “always seemed really happy”.
“I know my children loved her,” Mrs. Machnik said. “Every time she came by, they were outside and hanging out with her, she always seemed really happy. It’s just sad.”
The mother said her children also used the same hiking trail close to where Lily’s body was found by police.
Gino SpocchiaApril 26, 2022 12:37 PM
Several agencies are involved in the case
Several 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 assisted by the Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation, the Wisconsin State Crime Lab and several other law enforcement agencies from across the city.
Chippewa Falls is located about 90 miles east of Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Gino SpocchiaApril 26, 2022 12:07 PM