DeKalb, IL –
Police in DeKalb say they're now investigating the case of Toni Keller as a homicide. The Northern Illinois University student was reported missing October 15th. She told friends she had planned to visit a wooded area near campus. Police later announced that human remains were found in that same park, along with some items believed to have been possessed by Keller. DeKalb Police Chief Bill Feithen cautions they have yet make a positive identification on the remains. He said the remains were burned to the point where an autopsy was not possible and identification will take some time. Forensic experts will continue to analyze the remains. So far, no arrests have been made.
Meanwhile, hundreds of students and community members set aside their fears and frustration Tuesday night to pay tribute to Toni Keller. W-N-I-J's Susan Stephens has more: