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Autopsy scheduled on teen found dead in Columbia, IL

Thursday, 27 June 2013 16:45 Published in Local News

UPDATE:

Friends and family of the teen found dead in a Columbia, Illinois house yesterday, held a prayer service last hour.

17-year-old Erin Schneider was found dead during the investigation into a missing person report. The Major Case Squad has taken over the investigation and say an autopsy is planned for today. Investigators hope exam will shed light on what killed Schneider.

No arrests have been made in the case.

 

An autopsy will be performed later today on a teenage girl whose body was found in a Columbia home Thursday.  

   Major Case Squad Deputy Commander Thomas Coppotelli says police have identified the victim as 17 year old Erin Schneider of Columbia.   Schneider's body was discovered by Columbia Police in a home in the 200 block of Riebeling.  Schneider had been reported missing earlier in the day.  

   Columbia Police Chief won't speculate as to how Schneider died, saying an autopsy will be performed later today.  

   The major case squad is investigating another crime scene in connection with the teen's death, but has not identified that location.  

   Police say there have been no arrests, but police say they are questioning two people.

   Grief counselors will be on hand Friday morning at Columbia High School.  Students, teachers and friends of the victim can speak with counselors starting at 9 a.m.

   There will also be a non-denominational prayer service Friday at noon at Immaculate Conception Church on Quarry Rd. in Columbia for Erin Schnieder.

 

Mosquitoes carrying the West Nile virus are in the metro area.

The Madison County Health Department announced that a mosquito batch collected from just outside Granite City, Illinois tested positive for the virus. Officials say the best way to avoid West Nile is to practice the "Three R's".

  • REDUCE exposure - avoid being outdoors when mosquitoes are most active, especially between dusk and dawn. 
    • Make sure doors and windows have tight-fitting screens. Repair or replace screens that have tears or other openings. Try to keep doors and windows shut, especially at night.
    • Eliminate all sources of standing water where mosquitoes can breed, including flowerpots, wading pools, old tires and any other receptacles. Change water in bird baths weekly.
  • REPEL - when outdoors, wear shoes and socks, long pants and a long-sleeved shirt, and apply insect repellent that contains DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus or IR 3535, according to label instructions. Consult a physician before using repellents on infants.
  • REPORT - In communities where there are organized mosquito control programs, contact your municipal government to report areas of stagnant water in roadside ditches, flooded yards and similar locations that may produce mosquitoes.

Last year 290 Illinois residents were infected with the virus and 12 died.

Additional information about West Nile virus can be found on the Illinois Department of Public Health’s Web site at www.idph.state.il.us/envhealth/wnv.htm or contact Madison County Health Department at (618) 296-6079 or visit our website at http://www.madisonchd.org/west-nile-virus-vector-surveillance.shtml

 

 

CHICAGO (AP) - Members of a bipartisan panel tasked with coming up with a plan to address Illinois' pension crisis don't all agree with Gov. Pat Quinn's July 9 deadline to report back with a solution.

Democratic Sen. Kwame Raoul says it could take longer than that. He spoke to reporters Thursday before the panel's first public hearing. He says another hearing will take place next week.

The 10-member panel was formed after a special session this month. Both chambers remain divided and the group has been charged with finding compromise.

Republican Sen. Mat Murphy says July 9 is a reasonable target.

Six Democrats and four Republicans are on the committee.

Illinois has the worst state pension shortfall nationwide, largely due to lawmakers skipping or shorting payments to public-employee retirement funds.

 

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