Updated: Apr 28
***UPDATE*** With an incredibly heavy heart, we must report that Richard Truett has been located and is deceased. It has been confirmed with Richard's family and the Vermilion County Sheriff's Office has now also confirmed.
The Vermilion County First news outlet reported the following:
Chief Investigator Mike Hartshorn of the Vermilion County Sheriff’s Department says that 41-year-old Michelle Ingram and Bailey Castigliola have been arrested in connection to the disappearance of 46-year-old Richard Truett, who had last been seen alive on December 27th. His body was found April 7th in a field near Covington.
Hartshorn says that both women were identified as suspects early on in the investigation. Ingram was arrested in February after giving investigators information about her involvement in the case. Castigliola was also arrested in early March. Both were held on lesser charges in the case until Truett’s body was discovered.
The suspects are currently being held in the Public Safety Building and are set to be arraigned on Thursday.
Our deepest condolences to his family and those who know and love him.
MONDAY, MARCH 1, 2021
We have been forced to update on Richard Truett's case, a 46 year old man who has been missing from Westville, Vermilion County, Illinois since December 27, 2020.
It has been assumed for some time now that Richard was murdered, however, since there is an active and ongoing case along with the fact that Richard is still missing, together with Richard's family, we kept our silence.
Today, a news outlet publicized the update without Richard's family having information they believe should have been told to them initially.
Michelle Ingram, 41 of Ridge Farm, Illinois was arrested initially on Wednesday, February 24, 2021 for skipping two court dates on unrelated charges for battery and criminal trespassing. During questioning more information became known and she was officially charged Friday, February 26, 2021 on four charges (1) Aggravated battery in a public place (2) aggravated battery with a deadly weapon (3) aggravated battery causing great bodily harm and (4) Concealment of a Homicide. She was arraigned in court and bond was set at $500,000
Richard was last seen with Michelle Ingram as she picked him up from his residence. The State's Attorney's Office (according to this media outlet) reported today that Michelle is believed to have put Truett in a chokehold inside of a vehicle while another person stabbed him in the leg.
It is clear the entire statement has not been put out as of now, however, his family is and has been grieving and in desperation to bring Richard home. Richard has been a great part of his community and has spent a lifetime along with his family to help others in need.
If you have any information on his disappearance and/or location please contact the Vermilion County Sheriff's Office. Please help Richard's family bring him home. It is time to do the right thing.
The Missing Persons Awareness Network NFP 501(c)3 will be out in the area Wednesday, March 3, 2021 to be with the family and we will be on video with the family to reach to the public for information.