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Police: Missing Chippewa Falls girl found dead; homicide investigation underway

10-year-old Iliana M. Peters, who goes by the name Lily, was found dead near the Duncan Creek Trail Monday morning.
Chippewa Falls Police provide update on missing girl
Published: Apr. 25, 2022 at 7:18 AM CDT|Updated: Apr. 25, 2022 at 12:25 PM CDT
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CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. (WEAU) [5:00 p.m.] - The Chippewa Falls Police Department has established a tip line as they continue to investigate the death of 10-year-old Iliana Peters.

Chippewa Falls Police Chief Matthew Kelm says anyone with information can call the tip line at 1-800-263-5906.

No one has been arrested in connection to the homicide case. Chief Kelm says because no one is in custody, Chippewa Falls residents should remain vigilant and call the tip line with any information or suspicious activity, as the public may be in danger.

The Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation, the Wisconsin State Crime Lab and several Chippewa Falls-area law enforcement agencies are all working on the investigation.

“Chippewa Falls is a safe community,” Kelm said. “This is a very rare occurrence. However, we have to be cognizant of the fact it will require some additional vigilance here today.”

Kelm says the investigation is in its very early stages and police are not releasing any other information at this time.

A Chippewa Falls church held a vigil for Peters Monday night. Meanwhile, Chippewa Falls Area Unified School District administrators are recommending that parents pick up and drop off their students at their schools while the homicide investigation continues.

If you have any tips regarding Lily Peters, please call 1-800-263-5906. Thank you.

Posted by Chippewa Falls Police Department on Monday, April 25, 2022

CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. (WEAU) [12:20 p.m.] - Chippewa Falls Police Chief Matthew Kelm says 10-year-old Iliana Peters was found dead Monday morning, and the missing persons case is now a homicide investigation.

Kelm said during a press conference Monday afternoon that a body was found in the wooded area near the Duncan Creek Trail at about 9:15 a.m. Monday. The Chippewa County Coroner confirmed the deceased body was of Peters. Kelm said police consider this a homicide investigation, but no one is in custody. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the police.

Kelm said that while they are following multiple leads, there may be a danger to the public and asked the public to remain vigilant. Kelm said ‘numerous’ agencies were assisting with the investigation and that more information might be provided later Monday.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Chippewa County Dispatch Center at 715-726-7701 and select Option 1.

A letter sent by Chippewa Falls Area Unified School District Superintendent Jeff Holmes to district families said that students in need of support can find resources within their schools, such as counseling. Peters was a 4th-grade student at Parkview Elementary.

The school district is also increasing security measures and recommending parents or guardians pick up or drop off students who normally walk to and from their schools. The school’s administration has also requested additional law enforcement presence at its schools and neighborhoods.

CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. (WEAU) [UPDATE 10:30 a.m.] - The search continues Monday morning for a missing girl in Chippewa Falls.

Monday morning, the Chippewa Falls Police Department reported they were searching for 10-year-old Iliana M. Peters, who goes by the name Lily, who was reported missing Sunday at 9 p.m. by her father.

A mobile command truck with the Chippewa County Sheriff’s Department arrived after 10 a.m. to the area where the girl’s bike was found. Police drones were searching the woods near the area of the Leinenkugel’s Brewery and law enforcement members were on foot along the Duncan Creek Trail where the bike was found. Because of the investigation in the area, the Leinie Lodge is closed Monday.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Chippewa County Dispatch Center at 715-726-7701 and select Option 1.

CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. (WEAU) - The Chippewa Falls Police Department is searching for a missing child.

10-year-old Iliana M. Peters, who goes by the name Lily, a fourth grader at Parkview Elementary School, was reported missing Sunday at 9 p.m. by her father.

Peters’ father said she did not return home after visiting her aunt’s house on the 400 block of North Grove Street. She was last seen by family members Sunday evening. Peters was supposed to be heading home to the 50 block of East Birch Street, but she wasn’t found in the area. Her bike was found after dark near her aunt’s home near the walking trail between the end of North Grove Street and the Leinenkugel’s Brewery parking lot.

Peters was last seen wearing a purple quarter-zip long-sleeve shirt with black stretch pants and gray shoes.

10-year-old Iliana M. Peters, who goes by the name Lily, was reported missing Sunday at 9 p.m....
10-year-old Iliana M. Peters, who goes by the name Lily, was reported missing Sunday at 9 p.m. by her father.(Chippewa Falls Police Department)

K9 teams from the Chippewa County Sheriff’s Department and Lake Hallie Police Department were called in to search the area last night. The Chippewa County Sheriff’s Department also used a drone to search the woods near the area Peters went missing. Meanwhile, Chippewa Falls Police investigators continued to follow-up with family and friends who might have information.

Currently, the incident does not meet the criteria for an Amber Alert, according to the Chippewa Falls Police Department, who said they contacted the Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation.

The Chippewa Falls Area Unified School District posted on Facebook Monday that they are working closely with police and said their thoughts are with the family during this difficult time. Jeff Holmes, CFAUSD Superintendent, said the school is using all of its communication channels to get the word out to as many people as possible to help find Peters. The district also has school counselors and student resource officers working with students at Parkview Elementary to help them cope with the situation.

Anyone with information about Peters’ whereabouts is asked to contact the Chippewa County Dispatch Center at 715-726-7701 and select Option 1.

Chippewa Falls police are searching for a missing child. (Source: WEAU)

********* UPDATE FROM CHIEF KELM FROM THE 12:15PM PRESS CONFERENCE: Good afternoon and thank you for coming. My name is...

Posted by Chippewa Falls Police Department on Monday, April 25, 2022

The school district is working closely with the police. If you have any information please contact the Chippewa Falls Police Department directly. Our thoughts are with the family during this difficult time.

Posted by Chippewa Falls Area Unified School District on Monday, April 25, 2022

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