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« on: October 25, 2010, 10:41:29 AM »

NOT SURE IF THERE IS A THREAD FOR TONI KELLER... if so please delete TIA JSM  an angelic monkey

http://bolingbrooksun.suntimes.com/news/2061230-418/keller-park-police-missing-niu.html

Keller case

Keller, who goes by Toni, is a white female, 5-foot-6 and 130 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes, a university alert said. She lives in Neptune North residence hall on the NIU campus.

She was last seen wearing blue jeans, a gray jacket and scarf. She is believed to be carrying an art portfolio and professional camera.

The 2010 graduate of Neuqua Valley High School in Naperville is majoring in art at NIU. She has a tattoo of a sunflower on her upper right chest and her nose is pierced.

There is no link between the Olsen and Keller cases besides the coincidence of the location, said DeKalb police Lt. Gary Spangler.

Prairie Park is somewhat secluded despite frequent use by area residents, Spangler said. A bike path with a number of side paths snakes through the park, but the branch trails are somewhat remote.

“People should stay off those (side paths),” Spangler said, adding that they are not well traveled.

The park isn’t a hotbed of crime, he said. Often people will set up makeshift tents in the park and camp there illegally. Police and the park district dismantle the shelters.

While he could not recall recent abductions or assaults in the park, he didn’t rule out the possibility of foul play in Keller’s case.

“Until this case (is closed), we can’t say something didn’t happen in the park,” Spangler said.

Spangler referred questions about the Keller investigation to NIU police, but said the DeKalb Police Department is becoming more involved in the case in part because the park, where Keller’s scent was found by search dogs, is located off-campus.

‘Another family’

Susan Olsen, Brad’s mother, said she began searching for Keller as soon as she heard the college freshman was missing.

“This whole situation just so deeply saddens me that another family has to go through this nightmare of not knowing where their loved one is,” Olsen said Wednesday.

She has been hitting back roads and hiking down ravines, conducting her own search for signs of Keller in areas outside the primary search location.

Police combed Prairie Park for her son, she said, but found no evidence.

“(The park) is a big wide area,” she said. “For one person to go in there alone, you know, and then someone else can come along … nobody would ever really know.”

Olsen will represent the LostNMissing organization at a poster event on the NIU campus Sunday.

She urged searchers to travel in groups, take a cell phone with them and dress for the weather and the terrain they would be walking.

More than anything, it’s important to keep looking, she said.

“Go out and walk your fence rows. Most of the crops are picked here so the fields are pretty open. Go out and walk those creek areas. Go out and look in that abandoned building or property … corn cribs, whatever,” she said. “Just go out and take a look. It only takes minutes to do that and that’s one more area that’s cleared.”

Searching for Keller

NIU students and community members took to the streets Wednesday, handing out fliers about Keller.

NIU police Lt. Curtis Young said the areas of the park that were searched over the weekend and Monday were chosen in part because of the work of search and rescue dogs.

Dogs from Midwest K9 Emergency Response Team tracked Keller’s scent in the park, and police used their findings and witness statements to pinpoint the areas Keller would most likely have been.

Young would not say how far Keller’s scent was tracked or whether they have been able to find her cell phone. He would not confirm a report that Keller’s dorm key was found in the park.

“I can’t really say what we have done and what we have not at this point,” Young said. “Like any investigation, you want to make sure you do it thoroughly and make sure the integrity of the case is maintained.”

While the police were not actively searching Wednesday, Young did not rule out the possibility of future operations.

“You never want to say never to anything,” Young said. “Everything is evidence driven. If evidence points in a certain direction, we may have to revisit something or we may have to just discard some information. We look at any information that comes our way.”

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« Reply #1 on: October 25, 2010, 11:13:27 AM »

This is the video from the Oct. 23, 2010, news conference about Antinette "Toni" Keller where police say they have reclassified the search as a death investigation.


http://ssm.daily-chronicle.com/dailychronicle/video/20101023Keller/october-23-keller-news-conference/

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Human remains located. No positive ID yet.
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« Reply #2 on: October 25, 2010, 11:15:34 AM »

Police: No ID yet on remains found near NIU

Associated Press | Posted: Monday, October 25, 2010 12:15 am

DEKALB, Ill. -- DeKalb police are still working to identify human remains found in a park where a missing Northern Illinois University student was thought to be going.

But police say they recovered items consistent with property belonging to NIU student Antinette "Toni" Keller, who disappeared Oct. 14 after saying she was going to walk toward the park. And they say they've reclassified their search for the 18-year-old Plainfield woman as a death investigation.

Police said Sunday that any further information will be released through the NIU website.

Meanwhile, NIU officials locked the doors to all dormitories, increased police patrols and extended the hours for campus buses.

The remains were found in Prairie Park, just south of Illinois Route 38.

http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/illinois/article_79eef06e-dfcc-11df-80cb-00127992bc8b.html
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« Reply #3 on: October 25, 2010, 11:17:27 AM »


Antinette J. Keller
http://today.niu.edu/2010/10/16/student-reported-missing/
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« Reply #4 on: October 25, 2010, 11:22:38 AM »

President Peters issues statement on Toni Keller
10.23.10
This evening the DeKalb County Major Case Squad investigating the disappearance of NIU freshman Antinette “Toni” Keller, announced that investigators have now reclassified the investigation as a “death investigation.”

Upon learning of this change, Northern Illinois University president John Peters expressed deep concern and sadness.

“I know that all of the NIU community is distressed from this news. The outpouring of support in the search for Toni has been inspirational. Our community rallied together at the first indication she was missing, and I want to thank our students and the countless community volunteers who have been working tirelessly over the last week to get the word out about Toni’s disappearance. Please keep the Keller family in your prayers during this very difficult time.”

“The university is united behind meeting the needs of each and every one of our students as they cope with this news,” Peters added. The university has established an information hotline at 815-753-4NIU (4648). Calls will be answered tonight from 9 p.m. until midnight tonight and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, October 24, 2010. Parents and students who have questions are encouraged to contact the university’s information hotline.

NIU students will have access to counselors tonight in the Neptune Central Smart Classroom (by the Fireside Lounge) from 9 p.m. until midnight. Tomorrow, students can meet with counselors in the Counseling and Student Development Center in the Campus Life Building from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Counseling and Student Development Center can be reached at (815) 753-1206.

http://today.niu.edu/2010/10/23/president-peters-issues-statement-on-toni-keller-2/
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« Reply #5 on: October 25, 2010, 11:36:30 AM »

If it isn't Toni, then it is someone else's loved one...so sad...
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« Reply #6 on: October 25, 2010, 02:36:02 PM »

This is the video from the Oct. 23, 2010, news conference about Antinette "Toni" Keller where police say they have reclassified the search as a death investigation.


http://ssm.daily-chronicle.com/dailychronicle/video/20101023Keller/october-23-keller-news-conference/

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« Reply #7 on: October 25, 2010, 02:56:51 PM »

Nut, thank you so very much.
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« Reply #8 on: October 25, 2010, 03:12:22 PM »

Sadness, anxiety at NIU after remains found

DEKALB, Ill. (AP) - There's sadness and anxiety at Northern Illinois University after human remains were found in a park where a missing student was thought to be headed.

Friends are speaking about 18-year-old art major Antinette "Toni" Keller as they wait for word on the identity of those remains.

Fellow student Marissa Gill describes Keller as bright and quick to laugh.

Gill tells DeKalb's Daily Chronicle she reported the freshman missing Oct. 15 after Keller hadn't been seen since Oct. 14.

Authorities reclassified their search as a death investigation over the weekend. But they made no announcement Monday regarding the remains.

NIU's increased campus security in the wake of Keller's disappearance. That includes making security escorts available 24 hours a day.

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« Reply #9 on: October 25, 2010, 03:14:02 PM »

NIU student: Everyone's on edge  (with video)

October 25, 2010 (DEKALB, Ill.) (WLS) -- As detectives work to identify human remains found in the park where art student Antinette 'Toni' Keller disappeared last week, NIU steps up security on campus.


Keller, 18, of Plainfield, was last seen on October 14 when she told friends she was going to nearby Prairie Park to sketch and take photos. Police now say they found human remains in the park earlier on in the investigation than they publicly admitted. Those remains have yet to be identified. However, Keller's case was reclassified into a death investigation over the weekend.

As that investigation continues, Northern Illinois University stepped up security on campus- locking down dorms and restricting access to students only at certain buildings.

"Everyone's kind of on edge. Just sad, too. Just a bad at this. I wish things would stop happening. The shooting and then this. It's continuous," said Keith Gortowski, NIU freshman, referring to a 2008 Valentine's Day shooting that killed six people and wounded a dozen others.

Students are holding vigils at Neptune North Residence Hall where Keller lived.

"I (have) seen her in the hallway but I didn't see her that much. But I pray for her family and I hope the best for her family and I wish everybody just stay safe," said Sharron Feagins, who lives in Keller's dorm.

Police established a hotline --(815) 753-4NIU/ (815) 753-4648 -- in the case, and they are asking anyone who may have seen anything around the time of her disappearance to call.

Keller graduated from Neuqua Valley High School in Will County, Ill.

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« Reply #10 on: October 25, 2010, 03:15:49 PM »



Antinette "Toni" Keller Update: Body of Missing NIU Student Believed Found


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« Reply #11 on: October 25, 2010, 03:30:52 PM »

Nut, thank you so very much.
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« Reply #12 on: October 25, 2010, 03:35:17 PM »

Community Gathering in Honor of Toni Keller scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 26, in HSC
Northern Illinois University will hold a Community Gathering in Honor of Toni Keller at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 26, in the Duke Ellington Ballroom of the Holmes Student Center. Participants are invited to begin assembling at 5:30 p.m. Live video of the event will be streamed at today.niu.edu.

http://today.niu.edu/2010/10/25/community-gathering-in-honor-of-toni-keller-scheduled-for-6-p-m-tuesday-oct-26-in-hsc/
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« Reply #13 on: October 25, 2010, 03:49:17 PM »

http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2010/10/24/niu-community-awaiting-confirmation/

CBS 2’s Dana Kozlov reports the police chief is also confirming the discovery wasn’t made on Saturday, when it was announced, but “early on in the investigation.”
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« Reply #14 on: October 25, 2010, 03:50:10 PM »

http://s296.photobucket.com/albums/mm166/crankycrankerson/Antinette%20Toni%20Keller%20%20-IL-/

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« Reply #15 on: October 25, 2010, 03:56:29 PM »

http://www.momlogic.com/2010/10/search_continues_for_missing_niu_student.php

Toni's mom was in the hospital being treated for anxiety related to her daughter's disappearance.  article dated Oct. 21.
Makes me wonder if, indeed, LE found remains earlier than reported.

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« Reply #16 on: October 25, 2010, 03:56:52 PM »

http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2010/10/24/niu-community-awaiting-confirmation/

CBS 2’s Dana Kozlov reports the police chief is also confirming the discovery wasn’t made on Saturday, when it was announced, but “early on in the investigation.”
Tolerance, is NIU in a rural area or is it in a big city?
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http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2010/10/24/niu-community-awaiting-confirmation/

CBS 2’s Dana Kozlov reports the police chief is also confirming the discovery wasn’t made on Saturday, when it was announced, but “early on in the investigation.”
Tolerance, is NIU in a rural area or is it in a big city?

http://www.city-data.com/city/DeKalb-Illinois.html

there are about 47K people in DeKalb, currently.
Of course, population fluctuates w/ class schedules at NIU.

The area around DeKalb is more rural w/ many family farms.
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« Reply #18 on: October 25, 2010, 07:58:42 PM »

updated 6:22 PM Central

http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2010/10/25/niu-students-on-edge-after-body-found/

Jonathan Kite is NIU’s resident hall president and lived on Keller’s floor. He says they want answers.

“It’s very difficult being in a situation where you don’t know,” said Kite.

Dorm security campus-wide has been tightened, and Keller’s friends are supporting each other, assuming the worst.

“People are just sad,” said Kite. “We lost a friend. It’s a tragic occurrence.”

But why is it taking police so long to let the DeKalb community know if a killer is on the loose? Chief Feithen told CBS 2 there are investigative reasons for the slow-to-come information. But those who live there say the lack of information puts them on edge.

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« Reply #19 on: October 25, 2010, 09:45:27 PM »

http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2010/10/24/niu-community-awaiting-confirmation/

CBS 2’s Dana Kozlov reports the police chief is also confirming the discovery wasn’t made on Saturday, when it was announced, but “early on in the investigation.”
Tolerance, is NIU in a rural area or is it in a big city?

http://www.city-data.com/city/DeKalb-Illinois.html

there are about 47K people in DeKalb, currently.
Of course, population fluctuates w/ class schedules at NIU.

The area around DeKalb is more rural w/ many family farms.
Thank you Tolerance, was just talking to my fiancee and he went to NIU and he was giving me the scoop on the town. Such a very sad story. 
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