(UPDATED 10:15 p.m.) The Belleville Police Department released the following statement regarding the case on the department’s Facebook page:
The Belleville Police Department is currently investigating a tip provided to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department which led to finding a child’s deceased body in a garage in Centreville, Il.
The child’s death is being investigated as a homicide by the Belleville Police Department that reportedly occurred in 2013.
The mother of the deceased provided information to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department that her child’s body could be found inside a garage located at 7201 Russell Avenue in Centreville, Il. Centreville, Il Police Department checked into the tip and found the to be house to be vacant. A search of the garage found a deceased body in an advanced stated of decomposition.
The Belleville Police Department has been working with the Centreville Police Department, Illinois State Police and Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department during the initial stages of the investigation. The approximate age, sex, and possible cause of death will not be determined until after the autopsy which is scheduled for later this week.
A suspect in the investigation has been identified and is currently incarcerated in Las Vegas on unrelated charges. A team of Belleville Homicide Investigators will be traveling to Las Vegas to further the investigation.
Our earlier story:
CENTREVILLE, Ill. (KMOX) – The remains of a child were discovered in a Centreville garage Tuesday morning.
The Belleville News-Democrat reports that police in Las Vegas called Centreville police early this morning after receiving a call from the child’s mother, who told them to look at the house and they would find her baby.
Las Vegas police told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch the tip about the child’s body came from an unrelated investigation there. A man from that investigation has been arrested on multiple charges, according to Las Vegas officer Laura Meltzer.
St. Clair County Coroner Calvin Dye Sr. says Centreville police found the body of what turned out to be a 7-year-old in the garage.
Police reportedly do not know how the body got there, or what led to the child’s death. They do believe that the child was killed in Belleville and placed in the garage.
The Post-Dispatch reports the vacant home is at Russell Avenue and Kathryn Street.
Dye says it is believed the body had been there for two years. Neighbors say the house had been vacant for the same amount of time.