WATSON, Ill. (WTHI) - News 10 has confirmed Justin D. DeRyke will face first degree murder charges for the death of Willow Long, 7 of Watson, Illinois.
DeRyke, maternal uncle of Long, was placed under arrest just before 6 a.m. Tuesday by Illinois State Police.
An autopsy performed by Dr. John A. Heidingsfelder, forensic pathologist at St. Anthony's Memorial Hospital in Effingham, confirmed the identity of the body found Monday evening by searchers.
"If you have kids, have grandkids, anything like that, it is going to put some point in your heart, that you've got this feeling for this little girl even though you don't know her," Matt Kulesza, Watson's Fire Chief said.
The Effingham County Sheriff's Department and Illinois State Police are investigating this case as a homicide.
DeRyke will face first degree murder charges and will make his first initial court appearance Wednesday afternoon in the Effingham County Circuit Court.
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