October 23, 2010
This evening the DeKalb County Major Case Squad investigating the disappearance of NIU freshman Antinette “Toni” Keller, announced that investigators have now reclassified the investigation as a “death investigation.”
Upon learning of this change, Northern Illinois University president John Peters expressed deep concern and sadness.
“I know that all of the NIU community is distressed from this news. The outpouring of support in the search for Toni has been inspirational. Our community rallied together at the first indication she was missing, and I want to thank our students and the countless community volunteers who have been working tirelessly over the last week to get the word out about Toni’s disappearance. Please keep the Keller family in your prayers during this very difficult time.”
“The university is united behind meeting the needs of each and every one of our students as they cope with this news,” Peters added. The university has established an information hotline at 815-753-4NIU (4648). Calls will be answered tonight from 9 p.m. until midnight tonight and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, October 24, 2010. Parents and students who have questions are encouraged to contact the university’s information hotline.
NIU students will have access to counselors tonight in the Neptune Central Smart Classroom (by the Fireside Lounge) from 9 p.m. until midnight. Tomorrow, students can meet with counselors in the Counseling and Student Development Center in the Campus Life Building from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Counseling and Student Development Center can be reached at (815) 753-1206.
Media Contact: Bradley Hoey, NIU Media Relations & Internal Communications