Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin: What began as a missing persons case last night turned into a homicide investigation this morning when the body of missing 10-year-old Iliana "Lily" Peters was found.
She had been reported missing Sunday night at about 9:00 pm by her father when she failed to return home from her aunt's residence.
Chippewa Falls Police Chief Matthew Kelm disclosed at a press conference this afternoon that Peters' body was found in a wooded area near the Duncan Creek Trail at about 9:15 am and that the Chippewa County Coroner had confirmed the identity of the body.
The investigation is now classified as a homicide and police have asked the public to remain vigilant saying that there may be continued danger to the public.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Chippewa County Dispatch Center at (715) 726-7701, Option 1.
The Chippewa Falls Area Unified School District Superintendent Jeff Holmes sent out a letter to parents in the area encouraging them to drop off and pick up students that would normally walk to and from school.
The school's administration has requested additional law enforcement presence in schools and neighborhoods.
Peters was a fourth-grade student at Parkview Elementary.
No arrests have been made at this time and the police are actively following up on a number of leads.
Another press conference is scheduled for this evening to provide further updates on the case.