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Illinois man arrested in murder, sexual assault of 8-year-old girl

Sabrina Stauffenberg. (Gena Vaughn)

An 8-year-old girl was apparently lured from her home in Illinois and killed by a perpetrator who dumped her body behind the vinegar plant, the Belleview News-Democrat reported Sunday.

Sabrina Stauffenberg was Wednesday found dead on the south side of Olney, the paper reported. She was waiting on the front porch of her house for a bus to take her to a church service when she disappeared.

The paper reported that an Olney man, Glen Ramey, 53, was taken into custody around 2:30 a.m. Sunday on charges of first-degree murder and predatory sexual assault. Authoriites released a mug shot of Ramey.

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Mug shot for Glen Ramey, 53.

(Illinois State Police)

Denise Haley, a friend of Sabrina’s family, told the newspaper Ramey had a relationship with a relative of Sabrina. She said that he was known to have had mental health problems.

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“We’re just happy that they caught the real killer, and now this family mourn the loss of this beautiful child,” said Haley, who has a GoFundMe page to cover the cost of the girl’s funeral and burial.

The News-Democrat reported that the State of Illinois police have released few details about the arrest or the circumstances of Sabrina’s death.

Ramey was arrested in August on a battery charge. He was also the subject of orders of protection filed by women in 2014 and 2016, according to the paper.

Halely told the newspaper that on Wednesday, Sabrina called her grandmother to say, the bus was late.

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She said that the grandmother called the church and then called Sabrina back, but there was no answer.

Haley said searchers found Sabrina’s body by locating her cell phone.

  

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