Arrest made in 2016 murder of Sycamore mother, son

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SYCAMORE, Ill. — A suspect has been arrested for the 2016 murder of a Sycamore mother and son.

Jonathon D. Hurst, 51, of Cincinnati was taken into custody Monday and charged with two counts of first-degree murder for the deaths of Robert Wilson, 64, and his 85-year-old mother Patricia Wilson.

Hurst — formerly of 1446 North Wells St. in Chicago — is being held at the Hamilton County Jail and is awaiting extradition back from Ohio.

Investigators said more than 1,300 leads had been developed since 2016 and there was significant physical evidence at the scene.

A DNA profile was obtained from evidence at the crime scene which allowed investigators to find several persons of interest.

“Later the Sheriff’s office enlisted the help of a private laboratory called Parabon that specializes in DNA phenotyping,” said Chief Deputy Andy Sullivan.

PARABON NanoLabs worked with investigators to create a family tree that eventually led to Hurst.

Phone records and other evidence put Hurst in the area of the crime scene on the day of the murders, police said. A vehicle that was stolen from the home was also located in Lincoln Park — a short distance from Hurst’s home on Wells St.

Investigators have not said what might have motivated the crime and don’t know why he was in Sycamore.

“There is no known connection to the family whatsoever. It appears to be a random act of violence,” said Sullivan.

Hurst’s arrest brings closure to a rural community rarely touched by violent crime.

“The goal of our prosecution is to seek justice for the Wilson family and for our community for over the last three years there have been so many unanswered questions about this horrendous murder,” said DeKalb County State’s Attorney Rick Amato.

Hurst has no known criminal record.


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