STREATOR — The mother of a 7-year-old Streator boy slain more than 12 years ago has gone on a cable talk show to dispel rumors that a family member was involved.
Michele Mesarchik wanted “to clear my daughter’s (Deana) name because rumors had gotten around (about her involvement). You don’t know where they start and so you don’t know who to go to try and stop them,” she told The Pantagraph after the program aired Tuesday.
Her son, Dalton Mesarchik, was found bludgeoned to death on March 26, 2003. He disappeared from in front of his home while waiting for a church van that never arrived, said police.
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 sledgehammer was recovered in a trash bin shortly after the homicide and was identified as the weapon.
Deana Mesarchik, now 25, took a lie detector test on Monday's Steve Wilkes Show on the CW Network, an offshoot of CBS and Warner Brothers. It can be viewed on YouTube; the segment is in the second half of the show.
The program was shot in Cambridge, Mass., in early March, but did not run until this week, said Michele Mesarchik.
She and her former husband were cleared by polygraph tests years ago, she said.
Shortly after the homicide, the family moved an hour away from Streator, but the Internet followed Deana Mesarchik to her new high school and after she left school “and she just needed to shut people up,” said her mother in explaining why they eventually accepted the trip to the East Coast to do the program.
“Now people can shut up,” said Michele Mesarchik, adding she approached the network about doing the show.
Despite the length of time since the boy's death, state police do not label the homicide a “cold case” and are still investigating leads that numbered more than 1,900 as of March 2014. A $50,000 reward for information still is being offered.
Anyone with information can call authorities at 815-844-1500, ext. 2321.
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