Police Issue Update on Sycamore Double Murder of Mother & Son


The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office has issued an update on the double homicide of Patricia and Robert Wilson last year, asking assistance from the community.

Patricia, 85, and her son, Robert, 64, were found dead inside their Sycamore home in the 16000 block of Old State Road back on August 15, 2016. Their cause of death was determined as blunt force trauma.


Authorities have released a timeline of events for the Wilson’s activity leading up to their deaths. They say the morning of August 14, the two went to church at approximately 9:15 a.m. and St. John’s Lutheran Church on Brickville Road in Sycamore. They then returned home following breakfast at 10:30 a.m. a the Sycamore
Cafe. At noon, Robert left home for the Sycamore Moose Lodge before returning home at 4:30 p.m.

The last contact anyone had with the two was at 7:43 p.m. when a relative spoke with Patricia on the phone.

The Wilson’s White Impala, which was stolen after the crime, was recorded by a traffic camera after midnight traveling east on IL State Route 64 at Route 59 at 12:44 a.m. on August 15. It was later recorded on Chicago Transit Authority bus video on North Stockton in Chicago later that morning at 11:50 a.m.

The Sheriff’s Office was alerted of the mother and son’s death just before 6 p.m. on August 15.

The Wilson’s car was eventually found on North Stockton in Chicago near the Lincoln Park Zoo on August 24.

Suspect Information

Based on investigative information, the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office says they believe the perpetrator may have been in the Sycamore area for several days before the crime, may be familiar with the area, and may have ties to the community, such as a friend or relative, employment, or was obtaining some kind of service in the area. They believe he likely has similar ties to the Lincoln Park area of Chicago.

They also believe the perpetrator may have attempted entry into other homes in the greater Sycamore area around the time of the murders.

Tips to Police

The community is encouraged to provide any information they may have with law enforcement. A $50,000 cash reward is being offered to anyone who provides information leading to the arrest and conviction of the perpetrator.

Anyone who believes they have information regarding the deaths of Patricia and Robert Wilson can call Crime Stoppers at 815-895-3272 or email at Crimestoppers@dekalbcounty.org.

The FBI is assisting in the investigation and, so far, police have received more than 1100 tips.

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