UPDATE 7/31/2021 (12:30 p.m.)– Champaign County State’s Attorney Julia Rietz told WCIA Vandyke was an acquaintance of the 14-year-old’s family. Rietz said the boy died from blunt force injuries.
“We will know more after the autopsy Monday and conclusion of the crime scene investigation,” she added.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WCIA) – Champaign Police have made an arrest in the death of a 14-year-old boy.
In a press release sent out Saturday Morning, authorities arrested Darryl Vandyke, 55, of Champaign.
Vandyke was arrested just before 11.a.m. on Friday on a separate warrant for Contempt of Court from Douglas County. He was also identified as a person of interest in a missing persons case.
While investigators interviewed Vandyke, additional information and a search warrant connected him to a potential crime scene. That connected authorities with the scene of a body found in Urbana.
The body found in East Urbana was later identified as 14-year-old teenager, Steven Butler, III.
Vandyke has been arrested on preliminary charges of First-Degree Murder and was booked in the Champaign County Correctional Center. Judge Randy Rosenbaum issued the warrant and set bond at $2 million dollars.
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