Wisconsin deputies make arrest in Ill. teen's '97 death


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Posted Online: April 06, 2014, 10:46 am
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RACINE, Wis. (AP) Wisconsin deputies may finally have solved a cold-case mystery involving the slaying of an Illinois teen 17 years ago.

Racine County Sheriff Christopher Schmaling emailed The Journal Times of Racine (http://bit.ly/1huS5jd ) Saturday saying his deputies have arrested a 36-year-old Illinois man.

Schmaling says he has 'solid, clear and overwhelming evidence' that the suspect was responsible for the death of Amber Creek. The body of the 14-year-old Palatine, Ill., girl was found in a Racine County marsh in 1997.

Schmaling says he'll discuss details of the arrest and identify the suspect at a news conference Monday afternoon.

Investigators say Creek was suffocated with a plastic bag. The runaway had been beaten and sexually assaulted, and her body was left posed with an upraised hand with, 'Hi' written on her palm.














 




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