Three Illinois women found shot dead in the same area in a two-week period as police report finding similarities in their deaths
Police stated that the three deceased women shared similar lifestyles, frequented the same places, and were killed in the same manner.
EAST ST LOUIS, ILLINOIS: The Illinois state police has pointed to similarities in the recent homicide cases of three women in the Metro East. They were found shot to death in the past month.
Lt. Calvin Brown, a spokesman for the Illinois State Police, at a news conference on July 23 afternoon, said that the women shared similar lifestyles, frequented the same places, and were killed in the same manner. Brown said Illinois State Police and the East St. Louis and Washington Park police have established extra patrols in the areas.
Illinois State Police investigators are looking into the possibility that the three deaths are connected, Lt. Brown told the St Louis Post-Dispatch. The police, however, refused to answer questions about the deaths being the work of a serial killer.
At 4:40 a.m. on July 21, police discovered the body of 38-year-old Amanda Legare on the side of the road in overgrown vegetation at an intersection in East St. Louis, Brown said at the press conference. Legare, of Belleville, is the third woman to be found dead in the Washington Park and East St. Louis area over the last two weeks, he said. She was found shot in the neck. A mother of five, Legare had been living in East St Louis for about 10 years when she moved there from Michigan to care of her sick mother.
This comes just weeks after two women were found shot dead in nearby Washington Park area. On July 9, at approximately 5 a.m., the body of 49-year-old Sandra Reckmann of Alhambra was found on the 1600 block of 56th Street. On July 10 at 3:10 a.m., less than 24 hours later, the body of 56-year-old Bridgett Williams of Washington Park was discovered in the John Thornton Memorial Park.
Authorities are requesting that anyone with information about the three fatal shootings should come ahead and call investigators at 618-346-3760 or CrimeStoppers at 866-371-8477.
So far, there is no information about a possible suspect, neither has there been no public confirmation of a forensic link between the cases.
East St Louis has the highest murder rate in the nation – the chance of being murdered there is nineteen times higher than the national average. In a city of 26,000, the unemployment rate is double the national average, and more than two-thirds of children live in poverty.