State Police explains role in Beason investigation
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[October 14, 2009]
SPRINGFIELD -- Christopher J.
Harris, 30, was arrested by a multi-agency task force just after 4
p.m. Oct. 1 for the murders of five members of the Gee family.
Subsequently, three additional arrests have been made in connection
with the murders. The task force was comprised of personnel from the
Logan County Sheriff's Department, Lincoln Police Department,
Illinois State Police, Logan County state's attorney's office,
Illinois attorney general's office and the Federal Bureau of
"The arrests in this
tragic event was a result of the great police work performed by the
members of the task force," said Jonathon Monken, state police
director. "This investigation highlights the resources and expertise
the Illinois State Police has to offer during a major incident such
The Illinois State Police agency was notified of the
incident at approximately 4:30 p.m. on Sept. 21, with crime scene
investigators arriving at the Gee residence in Beason at 5:45 p.m.
Six investigators, traveling from as far as Rockford, East Moline
and Charleston, worked more than 138 hours during the initial
investigation. The Illinois State Police also provided 17 special
agents from six of the seven investigative zones, five intelligence
analysts and four zone intelligence officers. Personnel also
traveled from nearly every corner of the state to provide manpower
for the task force. Air Operations also assisted by providing aerial
photos of the scene.
During the early stages of the investigation, 133 items of
evidence were submitted to the ISP Forensic Science Laboratory for
analysis. Five forensic scientists have been dedicated solely to
analyzing items collected from the Beason scene and have been
working to provide results on the most probative evidence. ISP
forensic scientists received the evidence on Sept. 29 and analyzed
enough evidence in two days to result in the arrest of Christopher
Harris. In order to aid the ongoing investigation, results on the
highest priority exhibits continue to be communicated to
investigators as soon as they are available.
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The ISP continues to further develop this surge concept for use in
significant or catastrophic incidents such as this case. Dependent
upon case criteria and circumstances, deployment of the Major Case
Squad may be implemented anywhere throughout Illinois. Rapid
deployment of this team of highly trained and experienced experts
provides the very best opportunity for solving crimes and restoring
safety within our communities.
[Text from file received from
Illinois State Police]