Preliminary autopsy results have confirmed that a 10-year-old girl found dead in northwestern Wisconsin this week died of strangulation and blunt trauma, a corner said Thursday.
Chippewa County Coroner Ronald Patten said Illiana “Lily” Peters’ autopsy showed the manner of death to be homicide. He expects the results of the toxicology tests within four to six weeks. He declined to comment further.
Peters went missing on Sunday evening on her way home from her aunt’s house in Chippewa Falls. His body was discovered Monday morning on a footpath.
On Wednesday, prosecutors charged a 14-year-old boy in adult court with first-degree intentional homicide in Peters’ death. Chippewa County District Attorney Wade Newell said the boy punched the girl, knocked her to the ground, hit her with a stick and strangled her before sexually assaulting her. Newell told a bail hearing that the boy intended to rape and kill Peters “from the get-go.”
A judge set him a cash bond of $1 million.