Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

October 23, 2013

Ciara DeRyke facing drug paraphernalia charge in Shelby County


Effingham Daily News

SHELBYVILLE — Mother of slain Willow Long has been charged with drug paraphernalia in Shelby County.

According to online court records, Ciara N. DeRyke, 26, was charged Tuesday with possession of drug paraphernalia following a traffic accident. She had already been free on $150 bail after an Oct. 14 traffic accident in which her vehicle ran off the roadway. Although the accident occurred in Shelby County, the exact location is not known at this time.

DeRyke, the older sister of murder suspect Justin DeRyke, is scheduled to appear in court at 9 a.m. Nov. 13. She faces charges of possession of drug paraphernalia, a Class A misdemeanor punishable by up to 364 days in jail; and a traffic charge of failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.

According to information provided by the Shelby County State's Attorney's office, Ciara DeRyke "knowingly possessed" a combination metal and wood box commonly used to store marijuana.

Justin DeRyke, 22, is in Effingham County Jail awaiting trial on charges that he murdered Ciara DeRyke's daughter, Willow Long, early last month. Willow's body was found south of Watson on Sept. 9, the day after her mother reported her missing.

Effingham County State's Attorney Bryan Kibler said Wednesday no evidence at this time links Ciara DeRyke to her daughter's murder. Kibler noted, however, that he has just begun reviewing more than 700 pages of evidence gathered from various law enforcement agencies in connection with the murder case, with more yet to come.

DeRyke's other child was removed from the family home in Watson shortly after Willow's death.