Unidentified body in Gallatin County confirmed to be Chase Mitchell of Eldorado, IL

Updated: Sep 13

June 12, 2020

Three arrests were made in the murder of Chase Mitchell - Richard & Toria Emerson, and Troy Gwaltney. All three were charged in Saline County.

Court documents allege the three "between April 15 and June 9, 2020, in Saline County, IL, with knowledge that Chase Mitchell had died by homicidal means, knowingly concealed the death of Chase Mitchell by transporting his body for the purpose of disposing of same..."

A bond hearing has been set for Monday, June 15, 2020.

Additional charges are expected.

WRUL 97.3 FM spoke to the Illinois State Police: "Illinois State Police is handling the investigation.  They removed 5 brown bags worth of evidence and also a piece of a wall.  There were also sections of carpet that were confiscated as evidence from Our Father’s House, a church building on Mulberry in Eldorado that the ISP is now in possession of.  That building is owned by Sharon Gwaltney, the mother of one of the individuals brought in for questioning in connection with the homicide investigation."

A candlelight community vigil is being held on Monday, June 15, 2020 beginning at 8PM at the Mahoney Park on Eldorado Rd in Eldorado, Saline County, Illinois. Chase's family and friends will also be speaking. The vigil is being run by a family friend.

OUR ORGANIZATION WILL NOT BE ATTENDING OR ORGANIZING THE VIGIL *********************************************************************

A body has been found late evening June 9, 2020 when the Missing Persons Awareness Network NFP 501(c)3 received a tip. Our informant went to the location and confirmed that this may be in fact a deceased body. A 911 call was placed and several different law enforcement agencies went to the location.

This morning it has been confirmed that an unidentified body was located. No other information has been given. We are not releasing any other information known. The Illinois State Police continues the death investigation.


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