Charges filed in the death of 8-year-old Olney girl

Sabrina Stauffenberg (Credit: Family Photo)
Sabrina Stauffenberg (Credit: Family Photo)

OLNEY, Ill. (WTHI) – Formal charges are filed in the death of 8-year-old Sabrina Stauffenberg.

The child was found dead behind a building on the south side of Olney after being reported missing November 23rd.

Through the collaboration of at least 10 agencies in the Southern Illinois Child Death Task Force, 53-year-old Glenn Ramey

Glenn Ramey (provided photo)
Glenn Ramey (provided photo)

was arrested.

His arrest was made just before 2:30 a.m. on November 27th.

The Richland County State’s Attorney has formally charged Ramey with first degree murder and predatory sexual assault of a child.

In documents released by the State’s Attorney, it’s said that Ramey suffocated and caused the death of Stauffenberg.

Court records show Ramey has other previous charges against him including Aggravated DUI and several Orders of Protection.

News 10 spoke with Richland County Coroner Randy Kistler.

He tells News 10 an autopsy for Sabrina was performed last Friday.

Kistler expects those results within four to six weeks.

Obviously, the girl’s death came as a shock to the community once news spread Thanksgiving Day.

One resident commented, “There’s been a few murders in Olney, Illinois. Which it’s a small town, for it to be an eight-year-old, it’s a little surprising.”

Another said, “I mean we have a small town. Stuff like this doesn’t happen that often, so it’s been pretty dramatic for a lot of people.”

The police tape has been removed from the crime scene.

In its place, a small shrine of balloons, stuffed animals, and candles are gathered in Sabrina’s honor.

They’re a sign of remembrance, as the family, friends, and community take the first few steps toward getting justice for Sabrina.

Assistant Superintendent of Richland County Schools Chris Simpson says, “Our focus right now is supporting the family, and our students and staff and helping them have a feeling of normalcy in school, and that’s where we want our attention to be focused.”

A candlelight vigil originally scheduled for Monday night for Sabrina is postponed until Tuesday.

It is being held at 6 p.m. in Olney at the Angel of Hope Memorial Garden.

If convicted, Ramey could face up to sixty years in prison.

He’s due in court Tuesday at 1 p.m. central time.

News 10 will continue to follow this story.