Uncle arrested for murder of 7-year-old girl

A 22-year-old man is arrested for the murder of his niece who disappeared from her home in Effingham County Sunday.

Police arrested Justin Deryke of Watson early Tuesday morning.


He’s charged with first degree murder in the death of 7-year-old Willow Long.

Search volunteers found her body Monday night.

Results of an autopsy on the girl earlier today have not been released.

Deryke just graduated from Devry university of Maryland Heights, Missouri.

No motive was given for the murder.

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