Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

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September 13, 2013

Long's brother taken into custody after abuse report



Niccum cited the increased security at DeRyke's probable cause hearing on Wednesday as an example of measures taken to guarantee DeRyke's safety.

Meanwhile, Effingham County officials are waiting for final autopsy results to find out the exact time of Long's death.

"It's sometime between 10:30 and 11 [p.m.] Saturday," said Effingham County State's Attorney Bryan Kibler.

Kibler said the amount of evidence taken by police and volunteers, as well as the circumstances of the crime are causing the longer wait for the exact information about the death. A full autopsy, which includes full toxicology, generally takes between four to six weeks, he added.

"So much evidence was taken, and it's going to take time," Kibler said."There's no need to rush through this. The person who did this is in custody, and we're going to do this right."

Reports of a third crime scene in the Long investigation have proven to be false. Blood found on a sidewalk in the 300 block of West Main in Watson led some to claim there was a third crime scene in the police investigation. Illinois State Police Master Sgt. Ryan Shoemaker said the blood found was the result of a volunteer's injury.

"There was blood discovered on a sidewalk near an abandoned home, and it turned out one of the searchers had touched a window and cut their hand and shook their hand next to the window and left a blood trail," he said. "We've verified who the searcher was, and it's purely incidental. It's not anything to do with the crime."

Shoemaker said any possible evidence which may be involved in an investigation needs to be investigated, which prompted the state police to examine the blood. He cautioned searchers to report all injuries to officials so as not to waste additional police man hours.

"We've got to exhaust all of those leads when you see something," he said. "We had to make sure that had nothing to do with the crime."


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