Updated: Sep 30
Springfield Leaks reported:
Prior to the charges filed today, Porter was arrested by the Springfield Police Department on February 4, 2020 following formal charges by the Sangamon County State’s Attorney’s Office for a series of aggravated robberies committed in January and February, 2020. He has remained in the custody of the Sangamon County Jail on bond in the amount of $250,000. Among the most recent charges, Porter is alleged to have stalked a woman and entered her home in the 700 block of S. State Street in Springfield in the late hours of January 10, 2020 and into January 11, 2020. Porter allegedly sexually assaulted the victim and stabbed her multiple times, causing her death. He then allegedly lit the residence on fire in an attempt to destroy evidence and conceal the homicidal nature of the victim’s death.
Saturday, January 11, 2020 a fire broke out about 5:46 A.M. at the 710 South State Street residence in Springfield, Illinois. It would soon be learned that twenty-four year old Abby Neisler, her dog and two cats had lost their lives in that fire. Abby was murdered. Her pets were reportedly named Pepper, Penny and Pax.
The autopsy results showed that Abby died of “injuries inflicted by another person”. Her body was found in her bedroom. Abby was dead before the fire was started. Abby’s death was ruled a homicide.
Abby had lived in that home since May 2019. Law enforcement is tight lipped throughout their investigation in to Abby’s death and the fire. There were two other homicides in the area within hours of each other but it is not known if there are any links to Abby’s death.
Reports were that hours after her death, Carlos Blue, 28 was found dead of multiple shots on North Wesley Street in Springfield.
Abby’s loved ones are raising money for a reward on a Facebook Page called @JusticeforAbbyNeisler – They are selling t-shirts, hoodies and wristbands. Please show your support. (I later learned this somehow just disappeared, sadly).
If you have any information on Abby’s death or the fire, please contact the Springfield Police Department at (217) 788-8325
It was later realized that Abby's Horror began August of 2019 though details are unknown.
The Springfield Police Posted their investigation in to a suspect resulting in charges.
Ronald D Porter has now been linked to different charges and Abby's case. Porter is accused of allegedly staking her, entering her home in January and sexually assaulting her, stabbing Abby multiple times which lead to her death. He then allegedly set fire to her home attempting to conceal her homicide. He has been charged and sits at the Sangamon County jail on a $250,000 bond.
His charges include: 4 counts of Aggravated Robbery
Aggravated Robbery Armed with Firearm
3 counts of Arson
Obstruction of Justice
Aggravated Criminal Sexual Assault
3 counts of First Degree Murder
Concealment of a Homicidal Death
Unlawful Use of a Credit Card
Obstructing Identification (Plead Guilty)
Uninsured Motor Vehicle
Leaving the Scene
Improper Traffic Lane Usage
Notice of Address/Name Change
Truth be told, I've never seen anything like this. I have great respect to the Springfield Police Department, the Illinois State Police, any other unknown Agencies that assisted with the investigation and the Sangamon County State's Attorney's Office.
1/27/2020 Wife Whitney M Porter filed for divorce and ended 6/15/2021
12/30/2020 Whitney filed for child support and terminated 5/12/2021
OBITUARY Abby L. Neisler 1995 – 2020 Springfield, IL—Abby Lynn Neisler, 24, of Springfield, formerly of Pawnee, Illinois, died Saturday, Jan.11, 2020, at her home in Springfield. Abby was born July 29, 1995, in Springfield, the daughter of Jerry L. and Dayna J. DeLuka Neisler. She was preceded in death by her grandmother Merilyn DeLuka. Abby was a member of Holy Cross Catholic Church in Auburn. She was a class of 2013 graduate of Pawnee High School and worked as a casual sales associate at Aldi in Springfield. Abby was involved in school musicals during high school. She loved animals, including her pets Pepper, Penny and Pax. Abby is survived by her parents, Jerry and Dayna Neisler, of Pawnee; one brother, Noah B. Neisler, of Pawnee; grandmother Dorothy Neisler, of Witt; grandfathers Gary Neisler, of Hillsboro and Bob DeLuka, of Nokomis; and several aunts and uncles and cousins. Services will include a Rosary at 2:45 p.m. Sunday Jan. 19, 2020, at the Holy Cross Catholic Church in Auburn followed by a visitation from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. at the church on Monday, Jan. 20, with Rev. Al Allen officiating. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery in Pawnee. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Animal Protective League, 1001 Taintor Road, Springfield, IL 62702, or to the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation, 6520 N. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309-2132. Curry Funeral Home is serving the family of Abby Neisler. Online condolences may be expressed at www.curryfh.com. Published in Print in The State Journal-Register from Jan. 18 to Jan. 19, 2020
Abby was put to rest at
Calvary Cemetery, 14465 Cotton Hill Road, Pawnee, IL 62558
Springfield Leads reported after:
Porter was also charged with stalking a second woman in January, 2020. Further charges filed today include offenses related to separate allegations of criminal conduct which occurred in October, 2019. These charges include Home Invasion, Attempted Aggravated Criminal Sexual Assault, and Aggravated Robbery which arise from allegations that Porter forcibly entered the residence of a third woman while masked and attempted to commit a sexual assault. Additionally, Porter and his wife, Whitney M. Porter, age 32, are charged with Residential Arson, Arson, Insurance Fraud, and Obstructing Justice related to a deliberate fire set to their joint apartment in October, 2019 to obtain over $10,000 from a fraudulent insurance claim. Whitney Porter faces 4 to 15 years in prison if convicted of Residential Arson, 3 to 7 years in prison if convicted of Arson and Insurance Fraud, and 1 to 3 years in prison if convicted of Obstructing Justice. Each charge is concurrent and Whitney Porter faces a total of up to 15 years in prison if convicted of each offense charged. Ronald Porter has also been charged with Aggravated Robbery and Financial Institution Robbery arising from an August, 2019 robbery of the United Community Bank branch located at 2120 Peoria Road in Springfield. If convicted of each of the above charges, Ronald Porter faces between 50 years to natural life in prison. Ronald Porter has been in the custody of the Sangamon County Jail since February 4, 2020 facing five counts of Aggravated Robbery and Attempted Aggravated Robbery. The Court granted Sangamon County State’s Attorney Dan Wright’s bond recommendation in the amount of $5 million and Ronald Porter remains in the custody of the Sangamon County Jail. Whitney Porter was arrested this afternoon by the Springfield Police Department and is in the custody of the Sangamon County Jail on bond in the amount of $150,000. Arraignment of both Ronald and Whitney Porter is anticipated to occur tomorrow at 11:00.
Sangamon County State’s Attorney, Dan Wright, said “The comprehensive set of charges filed today against Ronald Porter is the product of tireless and methodical investigation by the Springfield Police Department. SPD Detectives and the Illinois State Police Crime Lab carefully worked every angle of multiple related investigations to gather evidence sufficient to prove these crimes beyond a reasonable doubt. I will do everything within my power to secure justice for the victims and their families.”
September 29, 2021 - Justice for Abby
Killer Ronald D Porter plead guilty July 2021 to all charges and today was his sentencing after Abby's family awaited more than 27 months. He was sentenced to 130 years for breaking in to Abby's home, sexually assaulting, stabbed her multiple times then started her home on fire killing Abby and her dog.
We wanted to take a moment to thank the State Attorney's Office, the Springfield Police and all other agents that took part in the investigation and bringing justice for Abby and her loved ones. It is days like this when we as community members can breathe easy, and if only for a moment, believe that Justice was served for Abby.
May you rest easy now Abby.