Remains found near NIU campus might be missing student

The search for missing NIU freshman, Antinette “Toni” Keller, may have come to a very sad end on Saturday night. Human remains have been found in a park where it is believed Keller was last seen and told friend she was going last week when she vanished. Authorities have told the press that the investigation has now gone from a missing person’s search to a murder investigation. The remains are being verified, at this time.

Items of interest found

DeKalb, Illinois, police have released a statement that “several items of interest” were also found near the human remains. However, details of what that means has yet to be revealed. In fact, the release does not definitively state that the remains found were that of Keller. However, her parents have been notified of what investigators have found.

Keller’s father has been a very active part of the search for Keller since she told friends last Thursday that she was going into a wooded area to work on an art project. Keller was a freshman art student at Northern Illinois University. She had just spoken to her mother a few days before she vanished. Her mother, however, upon hearing that her daughter had gone missing had been hospitalized.

Keller has informed friends that she was headed into a park near the West Lincoln Highway which is very near the NIU campus. Students had been handing out fliers with Keller’s photo on it and searchers had been combing the wooded areas near where she stated she was headed. Earlier in the week underwater divers had searched local lakes and rivers. Then, near the end of the week, the case had been taken over by the Major Case Squad and become a joint effort among the Illinois State police and multiple Illinois community police departments.

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