The DeKalb County Major Case Squad, consisting of officers from DeKalb and Sycamore police departments, the NIU Campus Police, the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office and the Illinois State Police, have reclassified Keller’s disappearance as a death investigation.
Unidentified human remains have been discovered in a densely wooded area in Prairie Park, formerly Hueber Park and once known as Peoples Park. The Park is adjacent to the Union Pacific Railroad line south of Illinois Route 38 (West Lincoln Hwy)
Prairie Park, a wooded community park popular for hiking, biking and frisbee golf. It has been reported that Ms. Keller may have used a pedestrian crossing near the Junction Shopping Center to enter Prairie Park. There has been numerous train-pedestrian incidents from the Dodge Addition through Nelson Road through the years. The Kishwaukee River winds through the park and the NW section near Annie Glidden Road is wetland terrain. The railroad bridge crossing the river west of Pearl Street has always been treacherous for pedestrians.
The park, long known as “Peoples Park,” is secluded where it is adjacent to the railroad line and has been used by the homeless, vagrants and for hobo camps probably since the arrival of the railroad in DeKalb.
Anyone with information please call 815-753-TIPS, 815-748-8407 or 815-895-3272.
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