Volunteers Honored in Case

Published 08/19 2014 04:28PM

Updated 08/19 2014 04:39PM

The Illinois State Police are honoring the four women who helped find Willow Long.

Seven-year-old Long was a murder victim.

Captain Kelly Hodge gave certificates of appreciation to
Hattie Williams and her daughter, Jamie Thompson and Thompson's two daughters, Frankie Smith and Jonny Smith.

Hodge says they were vital in the search efforts, "Despite being turned away due to sheer number of volunteers, they  continued to search the area on their own. The girl's body was found as  they located a barely visible object in a nearby pond.  Their persistence  and decisive actions were crucial to the criminal case and subsequent  arrest of the killer."

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