The Effingham County state's attorney's office is releasing no information regarding the body discovered last night near where a seven year old girl went missing from her home in Watson, Illinois on Sunday. Authorities and volunteers had been searching for Willow Long when remains were found around 7:30 PM on Monday. There has been no identification of the body and an autopsy is expected to be performed today. According to Fox-2 news, crime scene tape surrounds the little girl's home and the Illinois State Police have assumed control of the investigation. Willow's mother says she was napping when the girl walked out of the house and disappeared.
St. Louis-based Furniture Brands International has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The company makes the Thomasville, Broyhill, Lane and Drexel Heritage brands. Officials say the bulk of the company will be sold to investment firm Oaktree Capital Management. Furniture Brands shares fell almost 47 percent to close at 30 cents.
Murder charges will be filed against the uncle of 7-year-old Willow Long.
Prosecutors say Justin DeRyke is guilty of first-degree murder.
The arrest comes less than a day after the body of a young child was found near Willow's home in Watson, Illinois. A forensic pathologist positively identified the remain as Willow on Tuesday. The investigation also revealed that she had been murdered.
Effingham County authorities started search efforts after the girl's mother reported her missing on Sunday morning.
Homeless advocate Reverend Larry Rice is back, this time hoping to reestablish Integrity Village at same site that was condemned by the city last year. The city shut down the homeless camp at Vandeventer and I-44 in May of last year, citing public health concerns and no occupancy permits as reasons for condemnation. Rice and three others were arrested that night after refusing to vacate the property. A prayer tent is expected to be pitched Tuesday after a recent court ruling said Rice can once again practice religion on the property.