Updated: Aug 16
Mishealia Marie Meredith was just 19 years old when she was last seen in Harrisburg, Illinois. She called her mother about 7:00 p.m. and said she was headed home. She was never seen alive again.
Mishealia's phone was found soon after, dumped on the ground near a bank in El Dorado, Illinois. Her family knew that she would never have let her phone be away from her side. All communication stopped. Searches became immediate by family and other searchers in the area, but nothing was located. Police never went to search, and did not immediately collect her phone after it was located.
March 14, 2021, Mishealia's body was located in a remote corn field in Gallatin County just a few miles from where her phone was located. The Illinois State Police took over the investigation. Suspect Alexander McWilliam, 36 of Harrisburg was on the run, listing him as 'armed and dangerous' in their press release. McWilliam was charged with First Degree Murder. About a week later, he was located in Union County, Kentucky at a Hometown Inn on on E. Waverly and eventually arrested after barricading himself in. The U.S. Marshals brought him in and was extradited back to Saline County, Illinois where he is awaiting trial.
Alexander McWilliam was Mishealia's boyfriend at the time of disappearance.
A witness testified that she was in the residence with McWilliam and Mishealia when he became upset at Meredith for allegedly rolling her eyes at him. He told Mishealia not to roll again. She denied rolling her eyes at him, and shortly after, he shot her in the head as she was sitting on the couch. McWilliam then threatened the witness to help him cover up the crime and dump Misheala's body or he would kill the witness.
As of August 2022, the waiting for a trial continues. Justice awaits.
We pray for Justice.
Mishealia Marie Meredith, age 19 of Harrisburg, Illinois was taken Sunday, March 14, 2021. She was born on June 18, 2001 in Carbondale, Illinois to Michelle Meredith and John Christopher Miller. Mishealia attended Star General Baptist Church in Eldorado, Illinois and was a student at Southeastern Illinois College.
Surviving are her mother, Michelle Meredith of Harrisburg, Illinois. Father, John Christopher Miller of Eldorado, Illinois. Brothers, Keith Horton of Herrin, Illinois, Shane Meredith and Brooklyn Peavler of Eldorado, Illinois, Dakota Meredith of Harrisburg, Illinois, Dallas and Madison Clifton of Alabama, Scott and Destiny Meredith of Harrisburg, Illinois and Levi Miller of Harrisburg, Illinois. Sisters, Lyn Horton of Harrisburg, Illinois, Jessica and Daniel Murry of Centralia, Illinois and Brooklyn Miller of Cambria, Illinois. Grandmothers, Irene Meredith of Harrisburg, Illinois, Vonda Page of Harrisburg, Illinois and Janice Miller of Carmi, Illinois. Grandfathers, Donald Davis of Benton, Illinois, Donald and Jan Debose of Eldorado, Illinois. Several uncles, aunts, cousins, nieces, and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her adopted father, Ronnie Dale Page. Grandfathers, Ronald Spider Page, Carl Ray Grisham, and John H. Miller.
Services will be 1:00 P.M. Thursday, March 18, 2021 at the J. M. Weirauch Funeral Home Chapel in Harrisburg, Illinois with Rev. Aaron Phelps officiating. Burial will follow in Wolf Creek Cemetery in Eldorado, Illinois. Friends may call from 11:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. Thursday, March 18, 2021 at the J. M. Weirauch Funeral Home.
We pray for the family's strength and peace.