A 10-year-old girl was reported missing and later found dead, now police in Wisconsin have upped their presence around nearby schools.
There have been no arrests in connection to the death of Iliana M. Peters, 10, but police in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, said they are investigating her death as a homicide.
Around 9 p.m. on April 24, Peters was reported missing. Her father said she did not return home from a visit to her aunt’s house, according to Chippewa Falls police.
Officers later found her bike in the woods near a walking trail, police said. The trail was near the aunt’s house and a local brewery parking lot.
Authorities checked the area and contacted family and friends but could not find Peters, police said.
Numerous agencies were called to help assist in the investigation. Around 9:15 a.m. on April 25, police found Pater’s remains.
Investigators said they are following up on numerous leads but have not made any arrests. They have also not released any information about possible suspects or how the child was killed.
“The people of this community are honest, hardworking and kindhearted. It’s almost impossible to believe something like this could happen in our city,” Police Chief Matthew Kelm said at a press conference that was streamed by media outlets.
Police are asking for anybody with tips to contact (800) 263-5906.
“We would like to extend our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Lilly Peters during this tragic time,” Chippewa Falls police said in a statement.
On April 26, police said they increased presence around schools but did not say if it was directly connected to the Peters case. They also did not say if her killing was connected to her school.
“We will be increasing our patrol especially during drop-off and pick-up times,” police said in announcing the increased presence.