April 25, 2022 – Chippewa Falls, WI – The search for 10-year-old Iliana (Lily) M. Peters, reported missing Sunday night, April 24, 2022, from Chippewa Falls, has been found deceased, according to an update from Chippewa Falls Police Department.
During a press conference today, Chippewa Falls Chief of Police, Matt Kelm, said, “At about 9:15 this morning the body was located in the area near the walking trail and the medical examiner has confirmed this is the body of Lily Peters.”
Chippewa Falls Police are considering this “a homicide investigation” and they are following numerous leads. “We will be working diligently and tirelessly on this case,” said Kelm.
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The Chief also advised the community “maintain a state of vigilance as there may be a danger to the public.”
Kelm said more information will be released during a press conference around 5 p.m. Kelm said this is “an active investigation.”
Below is the update from Chief Kelm during a 12:15 p.m. press conference.
Good afternoon and thank you for coming. My name is Matthew Kelm and I am the Chief of Police for the Chippewa Falls Police Department. This is an update on the Missing Persons case that was first reported last night.
At about 9:00 pm last night, the Chippewa Falls Police Department received information that Iliana (Lily) M. Peters, age 10, was missing from the City of Chippewa Falls. Lily’s father reported that she had not returned home from a visit to her aunt’s house in the 400 block of N. Grove Street.
Officers later located a bicycle in the woods near the walking trail between the end of N. Grove Street and the Leinenkugel’s brewery parking lot. Numerous agencies and resources were called to assist with the search for Lily.
At about 9:15 a.m. this morning, a body was located in the wooded area near the walking trail in that area. The Chippewa County Coroner’s Office has now confirmed this is the body of Lily Peters. At this point we are considering this a homicide investigation. We do not have anyone in custody and are continuing to follow up on multiple leads.
Chippewa Falls Police Department and the numerous assisting agencies will be working diligently on this case. We encourage anyone with information to please contact the Chippewa Falls Police Department and to maintain a state of vigilance as there may be a danger to the public.
To maintain the integrity of this very active and ongoing investigation, I am unable to provide further details at this time. I anticipate an additional press conference tonight at 5:00 pm. We would like to extend our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Lilly Peters during this tragic time. Thank you.
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There will be another Press Conference at 5:00 PM at the Chippewa Falls Fire Station, Station 1, 1301 Chippewa Crossing Blvd, Chippewa Falls.