Sheriff ‘Very Confident’ Police Have Killer Of Indian Head Park Girl

UPDATED 11/03/11 4:15 p.m.

INDIAN HEAD PARK, Ill. (CBS) — Police signaled Thursday night they have in custody the person responsible for last week’s stabbing death of a 14-year-old girl in Indian Head Park.

Kelli O’Laughlin was found dead by her mother Oct. 27  after the teen apparently surprised a burglar at the family home.

On Thursday, police confirmed reports that they were questioning a “person of interest” in the murder. By evening, Indian Head Park Police Chief Frank Alonzo indicated charges are near.

“As far as this crime is concerned, I think we can all rest a little easier tonight,” Alonzo said at an evening news conference with Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart.

Dart said he’s “very confident” about the individual in custody but added prosecutors are reviewing the case and will determine whether to bring criminal charges.

The man is reportedly an ex-convict from Chicago, in his mid-thirties, and was brought in Wednesday for questioning.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s Bob Roberts reports

Earlier in the week, police asked the public’s help in finding Kelli’s killer while also announcing the reward has increased to $60,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of her killer.

LaGrange Police Chief Michael Holub told CBS 2 that police have been monitoring Kelli’s Facebook page, because of activity that occurred on her page after her death.

On Wednesday, police released a sketch of a possible suspect, but have not confirmed they got the man.

The Lyons Township High School freshman had just returned home from school when she was found stabbed to death on Oct. 27.

A second day of visitation for Kelli was being held at a funeral home in Countryside on Thursday. Her funeral is Friday, followed by a private burial.

  • dan

    sounds like awesome police work-I hope they got him

  • EX-PO

    People call 911 when you see someone out of place or suspicous you DON`T
    have to I D yourself,the police will not come to your door unless you want them to.
    Police MUST racial profile in order to keep thier communities safe,plain and simple it works!!!!!!


      Racial profiling saves human lives!

  • Lyndia

    I am going to post again. You two are saying that racial profiling is ok, right? Well, suppose the person that killed this innocent child is WHITE. While you are pulling the Black man over, the killer/killers could be looking out of their window or across the street looking at your stupid a@@ acting like the keystone cops. You people have alot of perconceived notions. Crime happens in all neighborhoods among all races. You people are not immune to it, not by any stretch.

    • Tyreese

      @Lyndia, Again you have demonstrated how single minded you are. racial profiling is not a form of unfair harrasment. It is simply an intelligent analyzation of the statistics. If the vast majority of violent crimes are commited by Afros, then it makes sense to look closest at the most probable suspects. That doesn’t mean that all races don’t commit crimes, it’s just that black Africans commit an overwhelming amount of violent crimes. The police would be stupid to not consider this fact when investigating violent crimes! It has been a pleasure opening your eyes to reality, Lyndia.

  • Jeanette Alfred

    I have seen this story on the news now for a few days. So sad. But it also made me realize that when you are blond and white you get a lot more media attention than when you are of another color. I say this because one of the students in our neighboring school on the north side was senselessly murdered when he and some friends walked to the store one evening. The boys, all teenagers from Nigeria and on an athletic scholarship in the US, and not affiliated with drugs or gangs, watched their friend die, right there on the street. There was no media coverage, no news report, and noone looked for the person who shot the boy, though the police said it was a gang initiation shooting for the shooter. “Kill someone, and you can be in the gang.” They chose the boy from Nigeria because they knew he was not armed and noone would retaliate. So why does this child not get as much attention? Why did noone look for his killer? I’m sure his mother would like to know! When I asked one of the boys about this he just smiled at me and said, “We are black.” Yeah, I guess that’s it!

    • Opossum

      The reason is that it is so common in places like Chicaghole that it is to be expected. You really can’t blame anyone for not caring about a bunch of soulless animals killing each other in record numbers, it’s been going on for decades now.
      I hope that the animal who did this is shanked in prison.

    • Anglo-Saxon

      @Jeanette, I’m sure you are not as stupid as you sound. Race has absolutely nothing to do with it. There is no racial priority as you suggest. We all know that is a load of BS. The guy who was killed walking through a war zone (The city of Chicago), took his life into his hands, as anyone walking in this city unarmed does. The sweet little 14 year old girl was arriving home from school in a nice neighborhood. She entered her own home and was savagely murdered by a filthy simian gangster. This was an extraordinary occurance that struck fear into a quiet community. Surely you can see the difference through your fog of black racist babble!!!


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  • Dylan

    If this is the guy, take him out back and do the duty. Bring back the death penalty.

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