A boy has been arrested in connection with the murder of Ileana “Lily” Peters, a 10-year-old Wisconsin girl who went missing Sunday night.
Lily’s father reported her missing when she failed to return home from her aunt’s home around 9pm on Sunday.
Lily’s bike was found near a forest walkway late Sunday night. Police recovered his body at 9.15 am on Monday.
Matthew Callum, police chief of Chippewa Falls Announced the arrest Tuesday, April 26 in the case. The suspect is said to be a teenage male cousin who lived with Lily’s aunt.
“The suspect was not a stranger, the suspect was a victim of the victim,” the chief said. “We do not believe there is any danger to the community at this time.”
Lily’s murder has shocked residents of Chippewa Falls, a small town where neighbors still keep their doors open.
There was a heavy police presence around the aunt’s home in the 400 block of N Grove Street on Tuesday.
No amber warning was issued for Lily because her case did not meet the criteria. A Change.org The petition was launched to create a “Lily Alert” for missing children who are not eligible for the Amber Alert.
The petition collected about 50,000 signatures.