October 21, 2010
DeKalb, Ill. — Northern Illinois University officials today announced that the DeKalb County Major Case Squad has assumed leadership of the investigation into the disappearance of NIU student Antinette “Toni” Keller.
The decision to activate the DeKalb County Major Case Squad at this stage of the investigation was made jointly by law enforcement officials from NIU, DeKalb and Sycamore police, the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department and the Illinois State Police and is based on the fact that all of these agencies have been working this investigation to date and that the scope of the search that has expanded beyond the university campus.
“The investigation extends beyond the NIU campus, so it makes sense that the DeKalb County Major Case Squad assumes the lead at this point,” said Dr. Eddie Williams, Chief of Operations at NIU. “NIU has confidence in the ability, talents and resources of all of our law enforcement professionals in DeKalb County, along with the Illinois State Police, and will continue to work closely to actively support the squad as the investigation proceeds. The No. 1 priority for all law enforcement officials involved remains finding Toni.”
“The DeKalb County Major Case Squad is committed to a coordinated effort and is combining our individual resources to locate Toni,” said Chief Bill Feithen, designated as the law enforcement public information officer for the DeKalb County Major Case Squad.
Keller, a freshman from Plainfield who lived in the Neptune North residence hall on campus, was last seen early afternoon Thursday, Oct. 14. She reportedly told friends that she was going for a walk in an area adjacent to West Lincoln Highway behind the Junction Center retail complex.
NIU campus police were alerted to the disappearance at about 6:09 p.m. Friday, according to NIU Police Chief Donald Grady, and immediately began searching for Keller. A national all-points bulletin – also known as a “BOLO,” or “Be On the Look-Out” – also was issued that night.
Over the past week, officers from NIU, the DeKalb Police Department, DeKalb Fire Department, DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department, Sycamore Police Department and Illinois State Police have participated in the investigation and search efforts.
Should anyone have pertinent information about Toni Keller, please contact the DeKalb County Major Case Squad at (815) 753-TIPS or (815) 748-8407.
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Media Contact: Chief Bill Feithen, DeKalb Police / Bradley Hoey, NIU Media Relations & Internal Communications
Phone: 815-748-8411 / 815-753-1681