8-year-old at the center of homicide investigation

(PHOTO COURTESY, Brad Robertson)
(PHOTO COURTESY, Brad Robertson)

OLNEY, Ill. (WTHI) – UPDATE: News 10’s Lacey Clifton traveled to Olney early Thursday afternoon. She spoke to the landowner where the girl’s body was found. That individual says authorities were at the property around 9 o’clock Wednesday night and asked the landowner to sign releases to look through any buildings on the property.

A short time later, the eight year old’s body was found across from the National Vinegar Company, located at 600 S. Camp Ave.

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Illinois State Police are currently investigating a homicide in Olney, Illinois.

On the evening of Wednesday, November 23, 2016, the Olney Police Department responded to a report of a missing eight year old female. The juvenile’s body was later found behind a building on the south side of Olney.

The victim’s identity and cause of death has not yet been released.

The Southern Illinois Child Death Task Force has been asked to investigate the homicide.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Olney Police Department at 618-393-2921.