Tuesday, March 11, 2008
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Marshall Homicide Investigation Moves to Indianapolis

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[March 11, 2008]  EFFINGHAM -- On Jan. 25 at approximately 9:45 a.m., the Marshall Police Department received a call about a body discovered in a dumpster in the 200 block of Walnut Street outside of the Cherry Street Apartments in Marshall. Over the following weeks, Illinois State Police Zone 7 in Effingham released an artist's sketch of the victim to hundreds of law enforcement agencies, the Mexican Consulate in Indianapolis, Ind., and various media outlets in Illinois, Missouri and Indiana in an attempt to identify the victim.

On Feb. 28 at 4:30 p.m., Zone 7 was contacted by the Mexican Consulate in Indianapolis regarding the possible identity of the Marshall homicide victim. Family members of the victim contacted the consulate after their brother had been missing for several weeks. Consulate personnel showed the artist's sketch to family members, who believed the sketch was that of their missing brother.

On Feb. 29, positive identification was made by the victim's family members and through fingerprint comparison by the Illinois State Police Forensic Science Center in Carbondale, identifying the victim as Leon Remigio-Becerril, 26, of Indianapolis. ISP Zone 7 has been working with Indiana law enforcement authorities on the homicide investigation.

On March 3 and 5, Illinois State Police investigators traveled to Indianapolis and teamed up with Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department investigators. A search warrant was subsequently executed at the residence of Leon Remigio-Becerril in Indianapolis. Evidence of a crime scene was discovered and collected by Indianapolis Police Department crime scene personnel for further laboratory testing and examination.

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The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department's Homicide Division is now the lead agency into the investigation.

The Illinois State Police thanks the public, media and the numerous law enforcement agencies throughout Illinois and Indiana for their assistance with this investigation.

[Text from file received from Illinois State Police]

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