Probe of College Student's Death Continues

Investigators continue probing the mysterious case of Olamide Adeyooye, the student who had been missing from Illinois State University and was later found dead in a burned building in Newton County.

Investigators say at this point they're no closer than they were to figuring out how or why the young woman was there.

Detectives in Newton County are continuing to pour over evidence in the case in hopes of finding some clue that might help them solve this case.

It's a difficult process that so far isn't leading them very far.

Police in Normal, Illinois, Adeyooye's home, say they're still looking at several people of interest in the case, but continue to say no one has been charged. They say they'll be asking Mississippi authorities do air searches of the area around the fire scene.

Here's a timeline of events:

Adeyooye was reported missing by friends and family on Oct. 15. She was last seen renting movies at a store in Normal.

The following Monday, Oct. 17, a barn in Lake, Miss., burned to the ground.

But it wasn't until Friday, Oct. 21, that a body was found underneath the ashes, as the property owner cleaned up after the fire.

On Oct. 26, dental records from Adeyooye were matched with the remains found in lake by an anthropologist in Hattiesburg.

Adeyooye's vehicle is still missing:

Vehicle description:
Green 1996 Toyota Corolla
Illinois license LBG927
The front passenger seat is broken and is in the recline position
ISU sticker is on the center of the rear window
Rosary beads are hanging from the rearview mirror

The Normal, Illinois Police Department posted a news release to its Internet site:

"We would like to express our deepest sympathy to the family of Olamide Adeyooye during this very difficult time. Yesterday, Chief Kent Crutcher informed the family of the identification results and met individually with family members. Chief Crutcher has met daily with the family since the investigation began to answer their questions and offer support.

The Normal Police Department continues to work in cooperation with federal, state and local law enforcement in Mississippi. Our detectives have met with and briefed area law enforcement officials on the status of our investigation.

We continue to investigate individuals that may have been involved or have information regarding this case. To say we have a suspect implies we have narrowed our focus in this investigation. We have and will continue to search for any and all information which will bring the responsible parties to justice. We understand our community’s interest in the progress of this investigation. We would like to remind everyone we can only release information that will not impair this investigation or damage future criminal proceedings.

This tragedy has cast an understandable shadow of uncertainty. We would like to assure the community the Normal Police Department is doing everything in our authority to preserve the character of our town and the safety of our citizens.

We would like to emphasize, we continue to actively search for Olamide Adeyooye’s vehicle at the local, state and national level."

Chief Kent D. Crutcher
Normal Police Department
Lieutenant Mark Kotte
(309) 454-9726


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