A missing teen in Illinois was found dead and now a friend of the victim’s father faces a first-degree murder charge.
On July 29, 14-year-old Steven Butler III was reported missing by his father, according to Champaign police. The father reported the boy missing around 7:30 p.m. after he left the home around 5 p.m.
Police searched the neighborhood but could not find the boy.
The next morning, two bicyclists found remains around 7:00 a.m. The remains were identified as Butler, according to Champaign police.
Police and the Champaign County Sheriff’s Office investigation and identified Darryl Vandyke, 55, as a person of interest. He was arrested a few hours after the teen was found.
Authorities said they found a potential crime scene and investigated a home. But officers did not detail a possible motive for the killing.
Vandyke was a friend of Butler’s father, according to the News-Gazette. Officials also told the news organization that the teen died from blunt-force trauma.
Champaign police charged Vandyke with first-degree murder, and he is being held in jail on $2 million bond. Police continue to investigate the killing and anyone with information is asked to contact Champaign police at (217) 351-4545.
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