10-year-old Liliana 'Lily' Peters went missing while she was walking home from her aunt's house, and she was later found dead. Now, a juvenile has been arrested for the murder.
According to the police in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, Peters went missing on Sunday, 24 April, during the evening. Her father reported her missing at around 9.00 pm.
On Monday morning, the girl's body was discovered in the woods close to a walking trail. The following day, Chippewa Falls Police Chief Matthew Kelm announced the arrest of a juvenile suspect during a press conference.
Chief Kelm reported that the young suspect was no stranger to Peters and her family. However, the police did not share information about the suspect's name, age, and gender.
It is also unclear what kind of relationship the accused had with Peters and what evidence the police had found.
Chief Kelm announced:
"While nothing will bring Lily Peters back or change what happened, we are very grateful to deliver this news to the family and the community."
Peters was first found on Monday around 9.15 after her bike was discovered near the walking trail and the Leinenkugel's Brewery. At that time, the police announced that the incident was investigated as a homicide. The girl's body was taken to the coroner's office to undergo an autopsy.
Marty Maloney, Spokesperson for Leinenkugel's, shared with CNN:
"[Lily's death is] an unspeakable, heartbreaking tragedy, and we want to express our deepest condolences to the family and friends of the victim. We are working with the authorities, and providing the help and support we can."
The Chippewa Falls Police Department received over 200 tips that were "critical" within the investigation and allegedly led to the arrest.
Chief Kelm shared:
"There is still much work to be done. Our thoughts continue to be with the family during this terrible time."
He then reassured the community that the police did not believe they were in danger following the incident. The police department shared information about their increased presence in the Chippewa Falls Area Unified School District area, especially during the beginning and end of the school day.
However, the police encourage parents to be more vigilant and cautious at the current time. Teachers are also asked to respect Peters' family and help stop the spread of rumors.