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Official Report Blasts Riley Fox Murder Investigation

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Riley Fox’s body was found in Forked Creek in Wilmington, Ill., on June 6, 2004. (Credit: CBS)

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JOLIET, Ill. (AP) - A review of the Riley Fox murder investigation made by a private consultant has determined “major mistakes” were made by investigators assigned to the case.

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Official Report Hit Riley Fox Murder Investigation

Andrews International was hired by the Will County Sheriff’s Department to scrutinize why detectives wrongly pinned the 3-year-old’s murder on her father, Kevin Fox.

The Chicago Tribune reports Tuesday that in its 45-page report, Andrews determined the management of the investigation was almost nonexistent and police missed opportunities from the beginning that could have led to the killer.

The report also says investigators were too focused on Kevin Fox to correct their error.

Kevin Fox spent eight months in jail before DNA evidence cleared him of his daughter’s death. Scott Eby pleaded guilty in November to sexual assault and murder to forestall a death sentence.

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