EFFINGHAM — Illinois State Police is seeking the public’s assistance in locating the driver of a red Dodge full-size pick-up truck which was involved in a police chase on Aug. 10 resulting in the death of a Cowden police officer. On Aug. 10, at approximately 6:41 p.m., a theft of $100 worth of diesel fuel was reported in Staunton. The male suspect is described as short and stocky with dark or olive colored skin and dark hair. The diesel pick-up truck is described as having a raised chassis and oversized wheels with no license plates.
At approximately 8:02 p.m., a Cowden police officer was pursuing the vehicle believed to be involved in the theft when the officer lost control of his squad car and rolled it on Illinois 128 approximately one mile south of U.S. 40 in Effingham County. The officer was ejected from the squad car and pronounced dead at a Greenville hospital. A female trainee officer also was in the squad car and is in stable condition at Barnes Hospital, St. Louis.
The suspect vehicle is very similar to the one depicted in the photo at right. Anyone with information should contact Illinois State Police District 12 Headquarters at 217-347-2711.