Jamie Stephens, 31, December 7, 2018, Rockford, Winnebago County, Illinois found murdered.

Updated: Jun 29, 2021

Jamie Stephens, 31

Rockford, Winnebago County, Illinois

December 7, 2018

Two days before Jamie’s thirty-first birthday, on December 7, 2018 he was supposed to go pick something up at the Mobil gas station on Sandy Hollow near 11th Street in Rockford, Illinois. He was never heard from again and a missing person’s report was made.

December 10, 2018, one day after his thirty-first birthday, Jamie’s frozen body was found on the 9200 block of Knapp Road in Winnebago County, Illinois off the road in a line of trees near the Edwards Apple Orchard West. It is believed Jamie’s body was intentionally dumped there.

Autopsy confirmed Jamie died of multiple gunshot wounds.

It was reported that he suffered two gunshot wounds to his side. Rockford Register Star reported that Parks admitted to picking Jamie from a store. Video shows Jamie entering Parks vehicle. The vehicle, the Chrysler 300 was reported to be that of Nickles T Parks, and later that vehicle was located in someone else's garage. Human blood was found in the car and five holes believed to have been bullet holes in the vehicle.

The Rockford Register also reported that the evidence that a man asked Parks to help recover stolen jewelry from Jamie. Jamie was dating a woman whose roommate reported her necklace and ring stolen. Parks took this other man along “for protection” when he sought to retrieve those items from Stephens.

It was reported that one of the suspects allegedly planned on recovering stolen jewelry from Jamie. He was dating a women whose roommate reported her necklace and ring stolen, and two of the suspects went to look for Jamie in order to retrieve it. All three suspects are being tried separately.


Joshua J Whittie, age 19 was charged with First Degree Murder, later to plead not guilty. Whittie was also shot while trying to buy drugs in a different crime. He was taken to Mercy Health Hospital on Rockton Avenue on December 7 when the police were notified of a GSW. Whittie was then charged on several warrants after he was treated.

Case Number 2019CF0000678 agreed to a plea deal on one charge of Armed Robbery / No firearm, receiving a 20 year sentence (which is 50% to be served) minus the 709 day credit for time served at the jail.

Nickles T Parks, 26 years old was also charged with First Degree Murder, Armed Robbery, Concealment of a Homicide. Parks also pleaded not guilty. He awaits trial at the Winnebago County Jail. He allegedly shot Jamie multiple times during a robbery of his cell phone. Bond is set at $2 Million.


Nickles T Parks - Case Number 2019CF0000211

6/25/2021 @ 830AM - Hearing - Requested multiple subpoenas

7/8/2021 @ 830AM - Hearing

7/12/2021 @ 830AM - Jury Trial begins


If you have any information on the disappearance or murder of Jamie Stephens, please contact the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Office (815) 319-6400

Information by:

The Rockford Register

The Winnebago Courthouse records

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