Coroner: Wisconsin girl died of strangulation, blunt force

Posted at 10:56 PM, April 28, 2022 and last updated 7:52 AM, August 9, 2023

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Preliminary autopsy results confirmed that a 10-year-old girl found dead in northwestern Wisconsin this week died of strangulation and blunt force trauma, a corner said Thursday.

This undated photo provided by the Chippewa Falls Police Department shows 10-year-old Lily Peters. Peters was reported missing April 24 and her body was found the next day. (Chippewa Falls Police Department)

Chippewa County Coroner Ronald Patten said the autopsy on Illiana “Lily” Peters showed the manner of death was homicide. He expects results from toxicology tests within four to six weeks. He declined further comment.

Peters disappeared Sunday night while walking home from her aunt’s house in Chippewa Falls. Her body was discovered Monday morning on a walking trail.

Prosecutors on Wednesday 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 said during a bond hearing that the boy intended to rape and kill Peters “from the get-go.”

A judge has set $1 million cash bond for him.