FOX 32/SUN-TIMES MEDIA WIRE - Authorities are offering a $25,000 reward for information in the killing of an elderly woman and her son ten days ago in their rural DeKalb County home.
Patricia A. Wilson, 85, was found slain along with her 64-year-old son Robert J. Wilson on Aug. 15, according to the DeKalb County sheriff’s office. Sycamore is about 20 miles west of Elgin.
Both had been beaten to death, and their deaths were ruled homicides.
Their car, a white 2010 four-door Chevrolet Impala, was stolen from their home at the time of their deaths, but was recovered early Wednesday near the Lincoln Park Zoo on Chicago’s North Side, according to the sheriff’s office. The car may have been there for several days.
"It was becoming very frustrating not being able to recover that vehicle, we had no idea whether it was still in DeKalb County in a barn or whether it was out of state. So, getting that allows us to refocus some of our man hours and attention to other leads and other evidence," said DeKalb County Sheriff Roger Scott.
Chicago Police and the DeKalb County Major Case squad kept the car under surveillance Wednesday before returning it to DeKalb County late Wednesday.
"We do believe the car had been abandoned there without a plan to return, through surveillance and then looking at some other evidence, that's what we believe at that point," Sheriff Scott said.
The car was processed and multiple items were recovered and delivered to the state crime lab, according to the sheriff’s office.
Autopsies revealed Wilson and her son were killed with a blunt object. Investigators, though, are still trying to determine why they were killed.
Sycamore hasn't seen a murder since 2005, and that's what makes this even harder for people in the community.
“This is a significant event and very tragic for the community and for the people, especially the family of course who are left behind,” Sheriff Scott said.
DeKalb County Crime Stoppers have increased the cash reward for information leading to an arrest to $25,000.
Anyone with information should call sheriff’s office at (815) 895-2155, or Crime Stoppers at (815) 895-3272. Tips can also be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.