STREATOR — Today is the 11th anniversary of the disappearance of 7-year-old Dalton Mesarchik of Streator, who was murdered with a hammer by an abductor. His body was located in the Vermilion River south of Streator the day after his disappearance.
A $50,000 reward remains in effect for information leading to the arrest of whoever was responsible for the crime.
Finding Dalton Mesarchik’s murderer remains priority
“The investigation remains an Illinois State Police priority and is still assigned to the Zone 5 Investigations General Criminal Squad in Pontiac,” according to a state police press release issued Tuesday. “Zone 5 continues to work closely with the Streator Police Department, Livingston County Sheriff’s Office, Livingston County Coroner’s Office, FBI and the La Salle and Livingston County state’s attorney’s offices in an effort to solve this case.
“With assistance from the above agencies, the Illinois State Police continue to follow up on all existing and new leads.
“To date, approximately 1,900 leads have been opened and investigated. Of these, many have led to additional follow-up assignments within and outside the state of Illinois.
“In addition, approximately 500 evidentiary exhibits have been seized in this investigation.
“No additional information will be released at this time. If any significant information develops, it will be disseminated to you as it becomes available,” state police informed the press.
Can you help?
Anyone with information is encouraged to contact their local police department or Illinois State Police Zone 5 at (815) 844-1500 Ext. 2321 (tip line), (217) 278-5004 (tip line), email at email@example.com, Standard mail may be sent to: Illinois State Police, Zone 5 Investigations, ATTN: Mesarchik Case Agent, 800 S. Old Airport Road, Pontiac, IL 61764.