STREATOR — The mother of a 7-year-old Streator boy murdered 11 years ago said Wednesday she knows who did it and applauds investigators for their continuing efforts to build a case.
Michelle Mesarchik would not give any details about who she regards as the killer of her son, Dalton, but said state police eventually will make an arrest.
Acting state police commander Greg Lindemulder, on the 11th anniversary of the homicide, said “absolutely” the case would be solved but had no comment on the mother’s suspicions.
Dalton Mesarchik disappeared March 26 in front of his home. His mother said he was waiting for a church van that never arrived. When he didn't show up at the church, community volunteers combed the area until a fisherman found the boy's body in Livingston County on a Vermilion River bank a short distance from his home.
A short sledge hammer was recovered in a trash bin shortly after the murder and was identified as the murder weapon.
The investigation has never gone to the cold case file and authorities have followed up on 1,900 leads both locally and out of state, with 500 pieces of evidence recovered so far, said police.
Lindemulder would not discuss the evidence.
“It’s the anniversary and we’re trying to keep people aware that we’re still investigating this and hopefully someone will have some information that will point us in the direction we need to go,” he said.
Michelle Mesarchik moved from the area after she said she was stalked and confronted by a woman for several years after the murder.
“There are too many sickos out there,” she said. “It’s a scary world.”
After 11 years, she said it may be easy to think investigators are not doing anything, “but sometimes you just have to wait for everything to fall into place.”
She said “at this point I believe we know who (the murderer) is, but we just have to wait and see. You only get one shot to try someone.”
She added, “I’d love to give you a name but I just can’t.”
She studied criminal justice and forensics after the murder and now understands why authorities are being so methodical.
“It used to be frustrating,” she said. “It still is, but now I understand.”
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