Man charged with stabbing mother, dumping body in river

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A Joliet man has been charged with killing his mother and dumping her body in  the Des Plaines River.

Police confirm that 21-year-old Charles McCullum has been charged with first degree murder after confessing to stabbing his 54-year-old mother Jeanie Parker to death.

Joliet police were conducting a well being check this morning in the 100 block of 5th Ave after a neighbor called to say they had not heard from Parker.

At the scene, police found a “significant quantity of blood” inside the home and a blood trail from the home to the garage, leading up to where a car had been parked.

Police issued an alert for the car.

An officer spotted McCullum driving the car and pulled it over around 10 a.m. on Houbolt Rd in Joliet. The office noticed blood in the car and on the McCullum’s clothing.  McCullum was taken to the police station where he confessed to stabbing his mother multiple times and disposing her body in the Des Plaines River.

Police located a murder weapon inside the home. McCullum lived in the home with his mother.

Authorities have been searching the river between Jefferson and McDonough St in Joliet all day.

McCullum may appear in bond court tomorrow.

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