EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. – East St. Louis police and the Illinois State Police are investigating the death of a 38-year-old Belleville woman found fatally wounded on Sunday. It's the third murder of a woman found early in the morning after being dumped in a public place.
According to Lt. Calvin Brown, a spokesman for the Illinois State Police, East St. Louis police were called to the intersection of Jefferson and Belleview avenues just after 4:45 a.m. on July 21 after the body of a woman was discovered just off the roadway.
Officers identified the woman as Amanda Legare. She’d been shot once in the neck and was declared dead at the scene.
A friend of Legare's said she moved to the Metro East from Michigan about 10 years ago to care for her sick mother. Legare was the mother of five children, four of whom still live in Michigan with relatives.
Meanwhile, state police are investigating the deaths of two women found shot to death within 24 hours of each other in Washington Park. Sandra Reckmann, 49, was discovered July 9 along a deserted stretch of 56th Street surrounded by overgrown vegetation. The following day, the body of 56-year-old Bridgett Williams was located at John Thornton Memorial Park, about five blocks away from where Reckmann was found.
Investigators said Williams and Reckmann were known to hang out in the Washington Park area. Officials have not said if the deaths are connected or if there are other possible victims.
Anyone with information on the investigation is asked to contact Illinois State Police Special Agent Weh at 618-346-3760 or CrimeStoppers at 866-371-TIPS.