WLS) — Chicago police announced the arrest of Kamel Harris for the murder of 2-year-old Kyrian Knox, whose remains were found in the Garfield Park lagoon in 2015.
Police arrested Harris at the Winnebago County Jail, where he was being held on unrelated charges, Monday night for Knox’s murder, Area North Commander Kevin Duffin said.
Duffin said police found blood in the carpeting of a vehicle connected to Harris, and received a DNA match to Knox over the summer this year. Duffin said police also spoke with witnesses. While police believe Knox was killed in Rockford, Duffin said that due to where his body was found and the extensive work by Chicago police on the case, Harris would be charged in Cook County.
Duffin said he anticipated first degree murder charges would be filed against Harris Tuesday night or early Wednesday morning.
Knox’s mother told police her son was staying with Harris and his girlfriend while she moved from Rockford to Iowa. In November 2015, police said Harris and his girlfriend had been uncooperative with the investigation.
Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson praised the “meticulous” work of Chicago police on the case, and their dedication to finding Knox’s killer even when it seemed the case had gone cold.
A year ago, the FBI positively matched Knox’s DNA with that of a dismembered body found in the lagoon in September 2015 two weeks before he was reported missing. Knox had been reported missing from Rockford, Ill., two months before the match was made.
CHICAGO (WLS) — Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said Tuesday an arrest had been made in the murder and decapitation of 2-year-old Kyrian Knox, whose remains were found in the Garfield Park lagoon in 2015.
Guglielmi said police will hold a press conference to discuss the arrest at 5 p.m.
A year ago, the FBI positively matched Knox’s DNA with that of a dismembered body found in the lagoon in September 2015. Knox had been reported missing from Rockford, Ill., two months before the match was made. His mother said at the time he was staying with a family friend while she moved from Iowa to Chicago.
Ogle County Sheriff’s Office announces Byron residence fire is suspicious.
10/19/2016 at 0632 Byron Fire Protection District, Byron Police Department and Ogle County Sheriff’s Office personnel responded to a report of smoke in a residence at 2020 Silverthorn Lane, Byron, IL. First responders located a 3 yoa male, later identified as Amos Meyer, unconscious in the front yard. Ogle County Coroner’s Office confirmed Margaret Meyer as the second victim on 10/21/16. Investigators have determined the fire started on the night of 10/18/16.
The cause of the fire and their two deaths are being investigated by the Byron Police Department, Ogle County Sheriff’s Office, Illinois State Police and Illinois State Fire Marshal. Although the cause of the fire is still unknown, it is suspicious in nature. The Ogle County Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone who may know something about the fire or saw anything suspicious in the Byron area on the night of 10/18/16, to contact the Ogle County Sheriff’s Office at 815-732-2136. Callers can also contact the Ogle/Lee Crime Stoppers at 888-228-4488. Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest.
Around 6:30 am this morning emergency personnel were dispatched to the 2000 block of Silverthorn ave in reference to a house fire. When emergency personnel arrived on scene they confirmed a fire. A child and a woman were located inside the house near the living room area, and passed away. The cause of the deaths are under investigation. No other information at this time
From the Beloit PD: Yesterday on 2nd shift officers responded out the area of the 1800 block of Dewey for a found property report. When officers got there they were informed that a child had located a loaded handgun in the back yard. The boy was with a friend, and while playing they discovered the gun laying in the yard. It is possible that it came from a suspect who had run from police on the previous day, but that aspect is still under investigation.
We would ask that you all talk to your kids and let them know that if they should happen to see a gun, a knife, a needle, anything suspicious in the yard, to leave it right where it is. We know that toy guns should have an orange tip, but sometimes these are removed from fake guns, and sometimes they are added to real guns by offenders who are trying to make their gun into something it isn’t. Either way, please tell your little ones to leave it be. More than anything we don’t want to see anyone get hurt. We also know that evidence that we may need from those guns can get contaminated once it is handled.
Thanks for having a conversation with your kids about this. We know that an accident with a gun would be terribly tragic.
Around 8:30 am this morning emergency personnel were dispatched to the area of Meridian and Kelly. Initial scanner traffic said there is an auto accident near this location. Two kids are laying on the ground and injured. At least two ambulances have been dispatched. Several emergency personnel are en route.
Unknown if the kids were run over or if in a vehicle. But they are now laying on the ground.
Update: Rockford Scanner fan Sarah T. located the missing boy. He was hiding. She had to flag down the police. The boy is OK and has been reunited with his family.
UPDATE: 4:16 pm, the ISP located the missing boy
Details are minimal right now. Only saying there is a missing 8 year old out at Rock Cut State Park. At the time of writing this, it was just developing and no description was available. Several officers are en route. Still developing. We will update this as more details becomes available
UPDATE on description and last known location: White male, 8 years old, wearing a red jacket (Black-hawks jacket) , denim tennis shoes. Last seen near the paved walk way by the fishing pier. Many officers are searching for the boy. Sounds like he was last seen on the west end of the park. We tried getting the map below as accurate as possible on the last known area.
Around 11 o’clock. Several emergency personnel were dispatched to Mulberry and Central/ scanner traffic is saying a child has been hit by a vehicle. These are being reported. It is not yet known and the severity of the injuries. Several emergency personnel are en route
Child Safety Seat Event
Car Seat Safety Event at Stepping Stones in Roscoe September 22, 2016 from 4-6pm. (Map below)
Every day in America, too many children are riding in the wrong car seats or are completely unrestrained. To help combat the issue, Stepping Stones announced it will conduct a car seat safety event during National Child Passenger Safety week September 18-24, 2016. Roscoe Police Department will have certified child passenger safety technicians on hand September 22nd 2016 from 4:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M. to check car seats for proper installation and educate parents and caregivers on how to choose the correct car seats and install them properly in their vehicles. This event is one of 84 events in Illinois sponsored by AAA, Illinois Secretary of State, Rush-Copley Medical Center, and the Illinois Department of Transportation.
NHTSA recommends keeping children rear-facing as long as possible up to the top height or weight allowed by their particular seats. Once a child outgrows the rear-facing car seat, he/she is ready to travel in a forward-facing car seat with a harness. After outgrowing their car seats, children should be placed in booster seats. While Illinois law states a child must be in an appropriate car seat or booster seat until their eighth birthday, some eight-year-old children are not tall enough for the seat belt to fit them correctly. These kids need to stay in a booster seat until they are taller – four feet, nine inches is the recommended height.
Remember: In Illinois, children are required to be in a car seat or booster seat until at least age 8 and all children younger than 13 should ride in the back seat.