Investigators close to identifying human remains found in Macoupin County

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ROYAL LAKES, IL (KPLR) - The Major Case Squad maybe closer to identifying some human remains found Monday in Macoupin County, Illinois. They said the person was murdered. The investigation has been unfolding in a farmer’s field about five miles north of Bunker Hill, Illinois in a small community called Royal Lakes.

Sonya Walker wants to know what they’ve found. She is the cousin of Joe Wilson, 24,  who disappeared in April of 2012. She and others searched but never found him.

“If they found him, I guess it will be closure. it’s been very hard not knowing where a loved one is.” Walker said,

The search site is less than a mile from Joe Wilson’s home. Monday, three teenage boys found skeletal remains. Police said an anthropologist believed the victim was male. detectives said he was murdered.

James and Nina Bricker could see technicians from their home gather evidence. It made them a little uneasy.

“At night time I take my dog out I’m thinking about getting me a pistol.” said James Bricker.

Parkeoka Huddleston was a friend of the victim. He said Wilson was mentally challenged.

“It’s sad, disturbing, to the whole community. He was always quiet and he would walk through the community and never bother anybody.” said Huddleston.

Sonya Walker added, “Joe wouldn’t do anything to anybody. Nobody would have any reason to hurt him.”

Detectives said DNA was collected from Joe’s mother after he disappeared and before she died.

“Macoupin County has entered that in a national database. Ultimately the DNA profile that we develop from the skeletal remains will be compared to that to make a positive identification.” said Captain Mike Dixon.

If experts determine the bones are from Joe Wilson, his family members want the killer caught and punished.

“They need to spend the rest of their life in jail.” said Walker.

The investigation could slow to a crawl. There’s a backlog to process DNA by Illinois State Police. It could take months before the identification is confirmed.