State

Police have ‘person of 
interest’ in student’s death

DeKALB – Police are questioning a “person of interest” in the homicide investigation of missing Northern Illinois University student Antinette “Toni” Keller.

DeKalb Police Chief Bill Feithen said Thursday night that the person was in custody in another state on charges of obstruction of justice and unlawful possession of a motor vehicle. The charges are local, Feithen said, and the person’s extradition to Illinois is pending.

Feithen said he could not estimate how long extradition might take. He declined to say where the person was being held. He also declined to release any details about the person, including gender, age, where the person is from, and whether he or she knew Keller.

Keller family spokeswoman Mary Tarling said the family was relieved to hear of progress.

“We’re relieved for the sake of the safety of someone else’s daughter or son,” Tarling said. “Nothing can fix our situation, but it’s extremely comforting to us to think another family doesn’t have to end up in the same situation.”

Keller, an 18-year-old freshman from Plainfield, last was seen about noon Oct. 14 when friends said she was headed to Prairie Park. When she hadn’t returned by 6 p.m. the next evening, friends reported her missing.

On Oct. 16, burned remains were found in the park, a 150-acre nature preserve with wooded areas. A week later, forensic experts confirmed the remains were human, and the search for Keller shifted to a death investigation.

On Tuesday, police reclassified the investigation as a homicide.

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