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Information sought on unsolved murders

Information sought on unsolved murders


Anyone with information on the Terry Punke case should contact the Woodford County Sheriff's Department at 309-467-2375 or Crime Stoppers at 309-673-9000.

But his case isn't the only one where questions remain. 

There still have been no arrests in the Dwight shooting that left two women dead and a man injured. Donna J. Denker, 60, and her daughter, Kelli L. Denker, 30, were killed about 4:30 a.m. June 14 in their home at 200 W. North St.

"Police are making significant progress," said Illinois State Police spokeswoman Monique Bond. The gun used in the shootings has been recovered, and is undergoing tests, but police have released few other details about the investigation.

Dwight Police Chief Tim Henson asked that anyone with information about the crime call the Dwight Police Department at 815-584-1975 or Grundy County Crimestoppers at 815-942-9667.

Bloomington Police are also still investigating two unsolved homicide cases from two years ago. On May 7, 2012 the body of Haileigh Eichhorn, 26, was found near a creek about a mile northwest of Stanford. Police believe the primary crime scene was most likely in Bloomington.

Also, Robert Jeronimus, 48, a homeless man from the Bloomington area, was found beaten to death by the railroad tracks under a Main Street bridge on Aug. 16, 2012.

Anyone with information on either case, is asked to call Bloomington Police at 309-434-2548 or McLean County Crime Stoppers at 309-828-1111.

Also still unsolved, is the 2003 beating death of 7-year-old Dalton Mesarchik of Streator. His body was found March 27 on the Vermillion River in rural South Streator. People with information are asked to call state police at 815-844-1500, the Livingston County sheriff's tip line at 877-844-4411 or Streator Area Crime Stoppers at 815-672-9000.

On July 10, 1996, 2-year-old Vinsint Malone of Bloomington died from internal injuries likely caused by being kicked or hit. No arrests have been made in his case.

Jennifer Lockmiller, 22, was found Aug. 28, 1993, strangled in her Main Street apartment. Alan Beaman was convicted of killing Lockmiller but after 13 years in prison, the Illinois Supreme Court vacated the conviction, citing a lack of evidence. Murder charges were dismissed by the McLean County State's Attorney's office in 2009. Normal police said the murder of the 22-year-old Illinois State University student remains open and under investigation.

Robert and Marcia Edwards were shot to death Jan. 21, 1983, in their rural Pontiac home. Livingston County sheriff’s police have long suspected the couple’s adopted son, Joseph Edwards, then 18, but he vanished without a trace and the case remains open.

Carol Rofstad, 21, an Illinois State University student, was found beaten Dec. 23, 1975, outside a sorority house in the 600 block of South Fell Avenue and died the next day. Normal police never closed the case.


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