UPDATE: The following is an updated press release from Chief Kelm from the 12:15p Press Conference
Good afternoon and thank you for coming. My name is Matthew Kelm and I am the Chief of Police for the Chippewa Falls Police Department. This is an update on the Missing Persons case that was first reported last night.
At about 9:00 pm last night, the Chippewa Falls Police Department received information that Iliana (Lily) M. Peters, age 10, was missing from the City of Chippewa Falls. Lily’s father reported that she had not returned home from a visit to her aunt’s house in the 400 block of N. Grove Street. Officers later located a bicycle in the woods near the walking trail between the end of N. Grove Street and the Leinenkugel’s brewery parking lot. Numerous agencies and resources were called to assist with the search for Lily.
At about 9:15 am this morning, a body was located in the wooded area near the walking trail in that area. The Chippewa County Coroner’s Office has now confirmed this is the body of Lily Peters. At this point we are considering this a homicide investigation. We do not have anyone in custody and are continuing to follow up on multiple leads.
Chippewa Falls Police Department and the numerous assisting agencies will be working diligently on this case. We encourage anyone with information to please contact the Chippewa Falls Police Department and to maintain a state of vigilance as there may be a danger to the public.
To maintain the integrity of this very active and ongoing investigation, I am unable to provide further details at this time. I anticipate an additional press conference tonight at 5:00 pm. We would like to extend our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Lilly Peters during this tragic time. Thank you.
If you have ANY tips, please call 715-726-7701, select option 1.
There will be another Press Conference at 5:00 PM at the Chippewa Falls Fire Station, Station 1, 1301 Chippewa Crossing Blvd, Chippewa Falls.
CHIPPEWA COUNTY — Authorities are actively searching for a missing 10-year-old girl who went missing on Sunday evening, according to a press release from the Chippewa Falls Police Department.
The Chippewa Falls Police Department is looking for Iliana (Lily) M. Peters age 10. She is a fourth-grader at Parkview Elementary.
Last night (04/24) at 9:00 pm the Chippewa Falls Police Department was contacted by Lilly’s father who advised that Lily had not returned home from a visit to her Aunt’s house in the 400 block of n. Grove St.
Officers learned that Lily was last seen by family members in the evening. She was supposed to be heading home to the 50 block of E. Birch St. Officers and family checked that area and contacted family and friends, but she was not located.
After dark, officers learned that a bicycle believed to belong to Lily was located in the woods a short distance from her Aunt’s residence near the walking trail between the end of N. Grove St and the Leinenkugel’s brewery parking lot.
K9 teams from the Chippewa County Sheriff’s Department and the Lake Hallie Police Department were called in to search the area last night.
Also, The Chippewa County Sheriff’s Department drone was used to search the wooded area.
Law Enforcement and Fire/EMS search teams searched this area and conducted door-to-door canvassing overnight. CFPD Investigators have and continue to follow up with friends and family of Lily. The Wisconsin Division of Criminal Investigation was contacted and, at this point, the incident does not meet the criteria for an Amber Alert.
Lily was last known to be wearing a purple 1/4 zip long sleeve shirt with black stretch pants and grey shoes.
As this is an active investigation, this is all of the information that can be provided at this time.
Search and investigative efforts are ongoing. Anyone with information about Lilly’s current whereabouts is asked to contact the Chippewa County Dispatch Center at 715-726-7701 Option 1.