Updated: Sep 4
Kimberly Mattingly has been found murdered in Beecher City, Effingham County, Illinois. Chris Glass and Aaron Kaiser have been charged in her death.
Obituary & Funeral Service Information
Kimberly Ann Marie Mattingly, age 29, of Chrisman, IL, passed away on Wednesday, April 29, 2020.
Kimberly was born February 10, 1991 in Lafayette, IN, the daughter of Brad and Gena (Combs) Holbrook.
Kimberly loved music, and her smile could light up a whole room. She was a loving mother to three beautiful children, and her greatest joy came from spending time with them.
Kimberly was preceded in death by her grandparents: Orville and Mary Combs, and great-grandparents: Alvin andUna Bailey.
She is survived by her parents; her three children: Leah Pembor, Holden Mattingly, and Weston Mattingly; two sisters: Courtney Heath-Page and Cassandra Heath; a stepsister: Shayla Brady; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Kimberly was dearly loved by her friends and family, and she will be deeply missed.
The family will hold a private memorial service at a later date.
For those who wish, memorials may be made to Kimberly’s family, in care of Gena Holbrook.
The vigil and celebration of life for Kim was beautiful. We saw many people there from the community, some that drove a long distance to pay their respects to her family and loved ones. Several family members and friends spoke on Kim's behalf. WCIA CBS Channel 3 came out to report on Kim's story. A family we worked with last year when their brother disappeared in Pana, Illinois also came to assist us as an organization and pay their respects also to the family. The family let us know how comforting it felt to feel the warmth from neighbors and strangers thru this horrible experience in their life.
Today, May 5, 2020 court was in the morning, and only immediately family was there again due to the COVID-19 restrictions. The only thing that occurred in court according to the family was the next date set for May 20, 2020. Aaron is currently requesting a lower bond.
The family is holding a community vigil and has extended their invitation to the public. They would like the family and the public to come together in a prayer candlelight vigil for Kim, the celebration of her life, and all those missing. The media is invited. The time to be there is 7:30 P.M. to be able to give time for social separation and parking. The candles will be provided by the Missing Persons Awareness Network NFP for those who do not have them. Any letters, cards, flowers, teddy bears or gifts will be proper and boxes will be set up for the family to bring home. The lighting will be announced promptly at 8PM till 9PM, as you will all hear from the the family members who choose to speak, of who Kim was in celebrating her life. PLEASE DO NOT CONTACT THE FAMILY. They will have their statements prepared for the vigil. If you have any questions please contact the Missing Persons Awareness Network NFP at (312) 620-0788.
The Illinois State Police released the following statement:
ILLINOIS STATE POLICE OBTAIN MURDER CHARGES; ARREST MADE IN INDIANA
Beecher City, IL – On Wednesday, April 29, 2020, the body of Kimberly A. Mattingly, 29, was discovered in rural Beecher City, IL. As the result of an investigation by the Illinois State Police (ISP) Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI), a warrant for the arrest of Christopher E. Glass, 36, of Mason, IL was obtained through the Effingham County State’s Attorney’s Office for two counts of First Degree Murder, Concealment of Homicidal Death and a parole violation warrant from the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC). Glass was taken into custody by the Indiana State Police and Terra Haute Police Department and is in their custody pending extradition to Illinois. Glass’ bond has been set at $5 million dollars, 10% applies. Additionally, Aaron M. Kaiser, 37, of Beecher City, IL was arrested and charged with Concealment of Homicidal Death. Kaiser is being held in the Effingham County Jail pending a bond hearing. If convicted, the First Degree Murder sentencing range is between 20-60 years, up to life in the IDOC. If convicted of concealment of a homicidal death, the sentencing range is up to 2-5 years in the IDOC.
The ISP DCI was assisted by multiple law enforcement agencies during the course of this investigation including, the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, Edgar County Sheriff’s Office, Effingham County Sheriff’s Office, Paris Police Department, Edgar County State’s Attorney’s Office, Indiana State Police and Terra Haute Police Department.
Anyone with information regarding this investigation or other crimes is encouraged to contact the ISP DCI at (217) 278-5004 (tip line) or by email at ISP.DCI.Zone05@Illinois.gov, This matter is an ongoing investigation by the Effingham County Coroner’s Officer, Effingham County State’s Attorney’s Office and the Illinois State Police. No additional information is being released at this time.
The public is reminded that are persons are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
Pictured below is Glass and Kaiser.
CHRISTOPHER GLASS (LEFT) AARON KAISER (RIGHT)
Allegedly involved in the disappearance and/or murder of Kimberly Mattingly
It is believed that Chris Glass shot Kim multiple times on or about April 6, 2020. Kim was last seen April 5, 2020.
Court is held tomorrow for them at 9:00 A.M. May 1, 2020 - It was clear that family only may attend the court proceedings.
The Effingham Daily News reported further, that on August 23, 2017 Chris Glass 'made physical contact of an insulting or provoking nature to a female family or household member. The complaint said Glass punched the victim in her right eye with his fist. Glass was sentenced to 12 months probation and fined $250. Court records show Glass received credit for 14 days served in the Effingham County Jail and was released on September 7, 2017. Provisions of Glass’ sentence included no contact with the victim in the case and being subject to random drug and alcohol tests. The victim in this case was not Mattingly.'
Meanwhile, you have people harassing Kim's family with things like this.
This is the kind of thing that the families must go thru when their loved one goes missing. People harass the family. Some feel entitled (like this guy above) to get information as they wish. The family received these messages within hours of being notified that Kimberly was found dead and was murdered. This relentless jack-hat felt the need to hear it from her own mother rather than believe the news reports we made, and other reporters made.
As if the family hadn't gone thru enough, an Attorney posted publicly documents for the suspects arrests which included partially how Kim was murdered. The State's Attorney's Office told the family they were waiting for the full autopsy report before notifying the family of this information. The family had to find out online what happened to Kim. The family has approved us posting these two documents.
The family initially created a GoFundMe that we listed (below in this article) raising a reward for information leading them directly to Kimberly Mattingly. Since there was no one that came forward to do so, they family is using that ($640) and asking for $10,000 to be raised for Kim's funeral expenses, as she did not have insurance to cover these costs. The link is here. Please be aware this is the only account officially by the family, for the family.
Meanwhile, court records say that on Aug. 23, 2017, Glass made physical contact of an insulting or provoking nature to a female family or household member. The complaint said Glass punched the victim in her right eye with his fist. Glass was sentenced to 12 months probation and fined $250. Court records show Glass received credit for 14 days served in the Effingham County Jail and was released on September 7, 2017.
Provisions of Glass’ sentence included no contact with the victim in the case and being subject to random drug and alcohol tests. The victim in this case was not Mattingly.
A petition to revoke probation was filed in August 2018, to which Glass pleaded guilty and subsequently served 126 days in the Effingham County Jail. Records show Glass still owes fines and fees for the case, with $1,072 due June 5. Court records indicate that a payment was made toward Glass’ $250 fine in the case on April 6 — the same day the Effingham County State’s Attorney’s office says Mattingly may have been killed. A notice mailed to Glass’ Mason residence this week was returned as undeliverable.
A Facebook page appearing to belong to Glass lists his occupation as an advertising consultant, but does not list which company he works for. Special skills listed on the page show Glass specialized in carpentry. The page also shows Glass is allegedly originally from Flora.
Glass also was ticketed in 2017 for driving 15 to 20 miles per hour above the speed limit. He pleaded guilty to the offense and paid a $120 fine, records show. Glass has one other traffic ticket in Effingham County dating back to 2006.
Judici.com court records also show Glass has a Clay County Class 3 felony charge of possession of less than five grams of methamphetamine, to which he pleaded guilty in 2017. In Cumberland County, Glass has three traffic offenses, with one in 2004 and two in 2014.
Glass pleaded guilty to another Class 3 felony charge of possession of less than five grams of methamphetamine in 2018 in Shelby County. He served just under a year in the Illinois Department of Corrections as he had credit for 28 days served and also paid a fine.
Glass has past traffic offenses in Coles County as well. He had an order of protection filed against him by a female in 2012; the female was not Mattingly. The order was eventually dismissed.
Online court records show past addresses listed for Glass in Stewardson, Neoga and most recently, Mason.
A search began with the Illinois State Police and other law enforcement with search and rescue teams at 15852 North 1st Street in Beecher City, Effingham County, Illinois which lasted from early morning till 6:00 P.M. - While the family was close by they stood back in hopes that Kim would be found. Later that night about 7:30 P.M. the family was informed that Kim had been found deceased.
Our deepest condolences to Kim's family and all those who knew and love her. We pray for swift justice to those that carried out the evil in killing this young mother who had so much to live for.
The family along with the Missing Persons Awareness Network NFP would like to thank the Illinois State Police for bringing justice to Kim and her family, along with the Shelby County Sheriff's Office, Effingham County Sheriff's Office, Edgar County Sheriff's Office, the Paris Police Department, Edgar County State’s Attorney’s Office, Indiana State Police and Terra Haute Police Department. We would like to thank the search and rescue teams that searched the grounds in Beecher City, Effingham County, Illinois for bringing Kim home. We would like to thank the coroner's office for gracefully taking care of Kim.
Additionally we would like to thank WICS ABC Channel 20 News, WCIA Channel 3 News, Fox Illinois and the Effingham Daily News for covering Kim's story properly to date.
We will be joining the family and neighbors today to pass out missing person posters for Kimberly's disappearance, door to door in Paris, Illinois. It can and will be done in a safe protective manner, but it must be done. We will continue to provide updates.
This proved to be incredibly helpful, as everyone went door to door in hopes of speaking with every single person, and in the end, the family had promising tips on Kim's whereabouts.
The last ping on Kimberly's phone is in Effingham, Illinois. Law enforcement has been diligently working with multiple agencies in Kim's disappearance, and working with her family as best as they can. The family appreciates their work in bringing Kim home. While much of the investigation is not publicized for obvious reasons, it is important to continue to create awareness for her disappearance.
The truth is she can be anywhere. the family however believes that if any searches should be done, it is now in Effingham, Paris and anywhere in between. The statements made prior of where Kim last was confirmed to be known seem to be untrue.
What she was wearing last has not been stated to date.
The vehicle is a blue Chevrolet Cobalt, 2 door or 4 door. No plates are known at this time.
The family has created a GoFundMe (they are running the fundraiser on their own) for a reward directly to Kim's whereabouts. Here is that link.
If you have any information please contact the Shelby County Sheriff's Office. The family is not taking calls, however we will take calls for them, to funnel out things they don't want to speak about, or hear about.
The family thanks each and every one of you for creating awareness and sharing Kim's poster. Please give the family their privacy. They will speak out when they are ready.
April 15, 2020
While there is much not to be discussed as this is an ongoing investigation, we can report that the Illinois State Police has been working diligently with Shelby County Sheriff's Office and many other leading agencies in bringing Kim home to her family.
We have spoken to her mother around the clock since April 10th, and to see, hear and feel what the entire family is going thru is beyond the measure of words. They are doing everything they can to get information and work with law enforcement as much as possible. They go by themselves quietly to search in woods for their own daughter / sister / cousin / niece.
They have tried raising money on a GoFundMe account for a reward to give to those that directly lead them to Kim, though it has been slow moving and disconcerting. They have asked for searchers to join them to no avail.
They still are thankful for all the help they have gotten from those that have been there for them by sharing the poster and helping them create awareness.
April 19, 2020
The family was made aware of a post and a video made by a different missing persons group. The family is incredibly upset because the post and the video has given information that is untrue and unhelpful for Kim, Kim's family and the investigation. There is NO ONE ON THE RUN. Law enforcement has not publicly named anyone as a suspect. The video and the post / article was made yet the family was never spoken to. Where the melodramatic information was received is untrue, which is why we don't bother to share the who's and what's.
As always we are grateful to all the reports out there following Kim's case and sharing correct information in her disappearance. We remain confident that Kim will be found, as there is no giving up (for any missing person).