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Woman from Normal found dead in southern Illinois

Woman from Normal found dead in southern Illinois

Haley Decker found dead

Haley Decker

NORMAL — A woman who was once reported missing from Normal has been found dead in southern Illinois and police say it appears to be a homicide.

The Illinois State Police report the body of Haley Marie Decker, 18, was found March 26 in rural Pulaski County. Few other details were released.

“We don’t know a whole lot,” said Normal Police Chief Rick Bleichner. “She was reported missing out of Normal. We did some tracking and found out that she was in southeast Missouri near Sikeston, I believe. Our report stayed open and pending.”

Pulaski County is in far southern Illinois along the Ohio River.

The woman was reported missing in Normal on Jan. 22.

According to a Facebook page, she listed her hometown as Galesburg and studied at Lincoln Land Community College. A status update indicates she moved to Sikeston on Jan. 22.

The investigation is ongoing. Illinois State Police in Effingham had no further details when contacted Tuesday night.

Anyone with information is asked to call ISP Zone 7 at 618-542-2171, ext. 1207.

Contact Kevin Barlow at (309) 820-3238. Follow him on Twitter: @pg_barlow


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