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Tuesday, 25 February 2014 02:21

Columbia, IL police search for fugitive

   Police in Columbia, Illinois are looking for a fugitive who lied to them about turning himself in.  
   Thirty-six-year-old Jeremy Davis and two accomplices allegedly stole construction equipment in Missouri and then tried to sell it in the metro-east.  Davis was identified through a cell phone picture taken by construction workers who refused to buy the stolen equipment.  
   Police Chief Joe Edwards says his department contacted Davis by phone and he agreed to turn himself in, but hasn't.  
   Chief Edwards says they're concerned for public safety because Davis has already driven recklessly to avoid arrest and has lied to police.  "That leads us to believe that that person is going to do anything they can to elude law enforcement," he said.
   Davis is charged with two felony counts: aggravated possession of a stolen vehicle and driving on a revoked license for the third time. His bond is set at $50,000.
   Davis is a former resident of Waterloo, IL.  Police believe he now lives in Missouri, possibly in St. Louis County.
   Anyone with information about Jeremy Davis' whereabouts is asked to call the Columbia Police Department at (618) 281-5151.
 
 
 
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COLUMBIA, Ill. (AP) — Murder charges have been filed against a southwestern Illinois man accused of fatally stabbing his ex-girlfriend on the same day both were expected in court regarding a protection order against him.

Jordan Kuykendall was charged with first-degree murder Saturday in the death of 17-year-old Erin Schneider. Her body was found Thursday in Kuykendall's home in Columbia, southeast of St. Louis.

Kuykendall is being held on a $1 million bond. Police say he isn't cooperating and has an attorney.

Schneider's body was found after her parents asked police to check Kuykendall's residence. Her mother had obtained a protective order against Kuykendall on her daughter's behalf two weeks earlier.

Kuykendall is under police guard at a St. Louis hospital where he's being treated for injuries he sustained in a car accident Thursday.

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UPDATE:

Friends and family of the teen found dead in a Columbia, Illinois house yesterday, held a prayer service last hour.

17-year-old Erin Schneider was found dead during the investigation into a missing person report. The Major Case Squad has taken over the investigation and say an autopsy is planned for today. Investigators hope exam will shed light on what killed Schneider.

No arrests have been made in the case.

 

An autopsy will be performed later today on a teenage girl whose body was found in a Columbia home Thursday.  

   Major Case Squad Deputy Commander Thomas Coppotelli says police have identified the victim as 17 year old Erin Schneider of Columbia.   Schneider's body was discovered by Columbia Police in a home in the 200 block of Riebeling.  Schneider had been reported missing earlier in the day.  

   Columbia Police Chief won't speculate as to how Schneider died, saying an autopsy will be performed later today.  

   The major case squad is investigating another crime scene in connection with the teen's death, but has not identified that location.  

   Police say there have been no arrests, but police say they are questioning two people.

   Grief counselors will be on hand Friday morning at Columbia High School.  Students, teachers and friends of the victim can speak with counselors starting at 9 a.m.

   There will also be a non-denominational prayer service Friday at noon at Immaculate Conception Church on Quarry Rd. in Columbia for Erin Schnieder.

 
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