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Family speaks out after a man confesses to killing their daughter

After four and a half years, a cold case in Illinois has come to a close. Kaylyn Whitaker's mother, Leslie Roberts spoke to News 10 for the first time since the arrest. She said this has given their family closure, but also brought back painful memories.

Posted: Feb 26, 2019 5:45 PM
Updated: Feb 26, 2019 6:38 PM

CLARK COUNTY, Ill. (WTHI)- A cold case in Illinois seems to have finally come to a close with an arrest.

For years, the family has been searching for answers.

Now, they feel they finally have it.

News 10 spoke with Kaylyn Whitaker's mother Leslie Roberts Tuesday.

LINK | ARREST MADE IN FOUR-YEAR-OLD CLARK COUNTY HOMICIDE CASE AFTER SUSPECT CONFESSES

She said she's grateful someone is finally in custody for the death of her daughter.

But, this has brought back many of the emotions they first experienced nearly four and a half years ago.

Roberts woke up to a familiar feeling Monday morning, police pounding on the door.

"It brings back those memories of when we lost Kaylyn. The day we lost Kaylyn when two officers came to our door to tell us she was deceased. It just brought back those fresh raw memories of that day in October," said Roberts.

Officers told Roberts police arrested Connor Scott for the murder of her daughter Kaylyn.

Later, Roberts found out that Scott had made a full confession to the crime.

It was a day their family has been waiting on for years.

LINK | FOUR YEARS LATER, LOCAL PARENTS STILL SEARCHING FOR ANSWERS AFTER THEIR DAUGHTER WAS KILLED

"Everyday you have to wake up and wonder is this going to be the day? I always said to myself, 'and one day,' and our day came. You know to receive the news of a confession was, we couldn't believe it," said Roberts.

For now, Roberts said her family gets by one day at a time.

"It's been the most devastating thing that we've had to go through and me as a mother especially. Kaylyn and I were very close. Not only was she my daughter, she was my best friend and I ache for her every day," said Roberts.

Roberts said they will continue to share happy memories and times of laughter they shared with Kaylyn to keep her memory alive.

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