Regular gentleman charged in teen’s demise
Sheriff: Two met on-line cellphone, other tech led to arrest
SPRING VALLEY — A 26-year-outdated Regular gentleman who investigators say stabbed a 16-year-outdated Spring Valley girl he met on-line is staying held on $1 million bond, charged with concealing her demise, the Putnam County sheriff mentioned Tuesday early morning.
Far more prices will be filed in opposition to Richard A. Henderson the moment the investigation progresses, Sheriff Kevin Doyle mentioned in the course of a news convention at Spring Valley Police Office.
Diamond Bradley very last was seen by her family members the evening of Jan. 23 and was noted lacking the adhering to early morning. Her physique was uncovered Jan. 27 along with 850th North Road in Putnam County, stabbed various situations.
Investigators assume Henderson picked the teenager up around her household between 6:30 and 7:30 a.m. Jan. 24, drove to the place exactly where her physique was uncovered, and killed her immediately after an altercation, Doyle mentioned.
The precise nature of their relationship and Henderson’s previous even now are staying investigated, Spring Valley Police Main Kevin Sangston mentioned at the news convention.
The two met on-line, Doyle mentioned he did not specify a website.
Henderson was arrested Monday immediately after staying interviewed at the police station. Tips, interviews, surveillance cameras and pings from Diamond’s cellphone link him to her demise, Doyle mentioned.
His first visual appeal is Feb. 15 a general public defender has been appointed.
Officials are ready for various experiences to be concluded and there is even now a lot of get the job done to do to receive a conviction, but investigators are self-confident they’ve arrested the gentleman accountable, Doyle mentioned.
He credited the arrest to the investigation’s “slow methodical course of action and damn fantastic police get the job done,” citing the tireless initiatives of the officers associated and the individual sacrifices they manufactured in the effort to locate the responsible party.
“We’d like to remind absolutely everyone that this investigation is even now ongoing and we go on to track down extra facts. At this time, we’re staying very careful as to the extent of details we launch so as to not jeopardize the successful prosecution of this case,” he mentioned.
“Her family members has been notified and they are appreciative. Justice for Diamond is our prolonged-term goal,” Sangston mentioned.
The adhering to regulation enforcement organizations contributed to the investigation: Putnam, Bureau, LaSalle, Peoria and Cook Counties Sheriff’s Places of work the Spring Valley, LaSalle, Peru, Oglesby, Ottawa, Streator, Peoria and Chicago Police Departments the Illinois Point out Police and the Illinois Point out Police Crime Scene Products and services Tri-DENT and the Putnam, Bureau and LaSalle Counties State’s Attorney’s Places of work.