FREEBURG, Ill. — A man has been taken into custody on suspicion of homicide after the body of a lady was found at a trailer park in Freeburg on Wednesday evening. According to Mark Heffernan, assistant police chief of the Belleville Police Department, officers stopped a vehicle on Wednesday evening just after 7 o’clock because the driver had made an incorrect turn. During the course of the traffic stop, the cops discovered that the driver was not the rightful owner of the truck.
Officers conducted a search of the vehicle, according to Heffernan, and discovered evidence that led them to believe the driver may have been involved in a criminal offense involving physical force. The police officers from Belleville got in touch with their counterparts in Freeburg and requested that they conduct a wellness check on the person who owned the truck. When police officers from Freeburg went to a trailer on Deerfield Court soon after 8 o’clock in the evening, they discovered the dead corpse of Linda Waller inside.
They came to the conclusion that Waller had been murdered after conducting an investigation into the matter. According to Heffernan, the authorities in Freeburg made a request to the police in Belleville to take the driver of the vehicle into arrest, and the Belleville police department complied with that request. As of Thursday afternoon, the police department had not provided any fresh information regarding the investigation.
Related article; 62-year-old man dies in a fire at his Freeburg residence
A fire broke out early on Friday morning at a 62-year-old Freeburg resident’s home on Kessler Road, taking his life. According to St. Clair County Coroner Calvin Dye Sr., Todd Helfrich of 705 Kessler Road was declared dead at 7:50 a.m. The fire started at seven in the morning, according to Freeburg Fire Chief Hans Mueller. ” A next door neighbor, who is a firefighter, woke up to the sound of an explosion,” Mueller added. The neighbor walked outside and “saw flames showing through the outside of a window,” according to the chief.
According to Mueller, “they found a pretty good amount of flames,” when the Freeburg firefighters arrived on the site. According to Mueller, the firefighters discovered a body inside the home’s back room. When questioned about the fire’s cause and origin, Mueller responded, “We believe it was electrical, but the Illinois State Fire Marshal’s Office is handling the investigation.” According to Mueller, the fire was put out in less than a half-hour. Helfrich was the only occupant of the home. According to Mueller, the house lacked smoke detectors. Everyone without a functional smoke detector in their home is advised by the chief to “please get one.” “Having is crucial. It might well save your life, he said. Call 618-539-3288 to reach the Freeburg Fire Department.
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