Central Illinois Man Arrested for Murder of 7-year-old Niece

Body of 7-year-old Willow Long found by volunteer searchers Monday night.
EFFINGHAM, IL - The maternal uncle of a 7-year-old girl found dead Monday night has been charged with her murder.  22-year-old Justin D. DeRyke of Watson, Illinois was arrested early Tuesday morning for the murder of 7-year-old Willow Long.

Long's body was found by volunteer searchers after an extensive 2 day search which covered several square miles.  A preliminary autopsy determined she was murdered, although the exact cause of death has not been released.  No word on a possible motive either.

Long was last seen alive outside her home near Effingham on Sunday morning.

DeRyke will be arraigned on Wednesday.
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