Uncle of dead Watson girl expected to be formally charged with 1st degree murder

WATSON-- Hours after discovering the body of 7 year old Willow Long a few miles away from her home in Watson, Illinois, the Effingham County Sheriff’s Department and the Illinois State Police arrested her uncle, 22 year old Dustin DeRyke and charged him with first degree murder. 

Authorities have not released a motive for the murder but the coroner said that the markings on Long’s body were consistent with that of a homicide. 

DeRyke is the maternal uncle of Willow. 

DeRyke will appear in court at 1 p.m. this afternoon where he is expected to be officially charged the Illinois State Police and the Sheriff’s Department is still investigating the crime. 

The cause of death has not yet been released.

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