Deborah K. Dewey, female, age 62, was last seen on August 22, 2016, in Spring Valley, Illinois. On August 29, 2016, Dewey’s gray 2007 Buick LaCrosse, was found unlocked at the TA Truck Stop on Illinois Route 47, just north of I-80.
On September, 12, 2016, Illinois State Police (ISP) Zone 3 Investigations and the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office searched a residence located at 5th Street and Illinois Route 71 in Standard, Illinois. During the search of the residence and surrounding property, Investigators exhumed a body from a shallow grave located in the yard of the residence. The body was transported by the Putnam County Coroner to Bloomington, Illinois, for an autopsy by the Medical Examiner’s Office. The preliminary results of the autopsy indicated the body to be that of Deborah K. Dewey, verified through dental records.
The search for the whereabouts of Dewey has ended and is now considered a homicide investigation. Assisting agencies include the ISP Intelligence Support Unit, ISP Digital Crimes Unit, STIC, ISP Crime Scene Services, ISP District 17, Illinois Conservation Police, Bureau County Sheriff’s Office, LaSalle County Sheriff’s Office, LaSalle County State’s Attorney’s Office, Putnam County Sheriff’s Office, Ladd Police Department, and Kane County Sheriff’s bloodhound unit.
This remains an open and ongoing investigation. No further information will be released at this time. An update will be posted when additional information becomes available. Media staging area will be located at the Standard Fire Department.
Anyone with information on the death of Deborah K. Dewey is encouraged to contact ISP District 17 Headquarters at (815) 224-1171.