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Uncle charged in murder of 7-year-old niece

Justin Deryke, uncle of a 7-year-old Willow Long from downstate Illinois, is being held on $5 million bond in connection with her murder.

Willow was reported missing on Sunday.

Her body was found wrapped in garbage bags two days later near the family’s home in Watson.

Prosecutors say the girl’s uncle, Justin Deryke stabbed the girl to death after she fell on a stick and cut her neck.

 

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The uncle of a seven-year-old girl from downstate Illinois is being held on $5 million bond in connection with her murder.

Willow Long was reported missing on Sunday.

Her body was found wrapped in garbage bags two days later near the family’s home in Watson.

Prosecutors say the girl’s uncle, Justin Deryke stabbed the girl to death after she fell on a stick and cut her neck.

The girl’s grandfather, who is also Justin’s Deryke’s father, says he believes Willow’s death was a tragic accident and that Justin panicked and hid the girl’s body.

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.

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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.

The body of a child found in downstate Watson, Illinois may be that of a missing girl.

7-year old Willow Long was last seen Sunday when she disappeared from the family’s home while her mother was taking a nap.

Crime scene tape has been put around the family’s home, but police are releasing few details at this hour.

We do know that a child’s body was found Monday night by a group of volunteers searching for the girl.

Authorities say a positive ID has not been made.

An autopsy is scheduled for today to determine how the child died and whether it might be Willow Long.

A missing girl from Central Illinois may have wandered off while acting out a scene in a popular children’s movie.

Police in Watson, Illinois don’t suspect foul play in the disappearance of 7-year-old Willow Long.

The girl’s mother told police she was not feeling well and laid down to take a nap Sunday morning.

Willow and her brothers were watching the Disney movie “The Princess and the Frog.”

Her mother says when she woke up, Willow was gone.

Police believe she may have wanted to go on an adventure, like the movie.

As of Monday night, searchers had covered an 18-square mile area around the home, with no sign of Willow.

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