Police Arrest Champaign Man for Homicide of 14-Year-Old Boy

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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.

Booking photo of Darryl Vandyke

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.

WCIA first reported that a body was found by bicyclists just off High Cross road on Friday Morning.

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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