4 women honored for search efforts conducted in finding Willow Long

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SALEM, Ill. (WTHI) – Four women from Salem, Ill. were honored by Illinois State Police for their efforts in finding the body of seven-year-old Willow Long.

Captain Kelly Hodge presented the certificates of appreciation to Hattie Williams; her daughter, Jamie Thompson; and Thompson’s two daughters, Frankie Smith and Jonny Smith.

“Despite being turned away due to sheer number of volunteers, they continued to search the area on their own. The girl’s body was found as they located a barely visible object in a nearby pond. Their persistence and decisive actions were crucial to the criminal case and subsequent arrest of the killer,” said Hodge.

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