(Above: Jeremy Chappelear Photo Credit: Illinois State Police website)
From The Illinois State Police website:
Case Details: On Saturday, April 25, 1998, at approximately 5:25 a.m., the body of 20 year old Jeremy "Chappy" Chappelear was found on Buckeye trail, 200 feet south of 4th Avenue, approximately 2.5 miles northeast of Donnellson, Illinois, by fisherman en route to the Coffeen Lake. Jeremy apparently died from being struck and/or run over by a vehicle.
Jeremy had last been seen around 2:00 a.m. (April 25, 1998) at a farmhouse party two (2) miles away. Jeremy may have been walking home (10 miles) when killed.
Contact Information: If you have any information please contact Illinois State Police, Crash Reconstruction Unit at 618/542-1116 , or Crime Stoppers 800/352-0136.
Thoughts? According to the 2017 article, police can't say for sure whether or not Jeremy's death was accidental since the killer has never been found. However, Jeremy's family disputes the hit-and-run theory, saying the route Jeremy had taken that night was not his normal route home.
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