CHIPPEWA FALLS Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – The Chippewa County coroner confirms preliminary autopsy results show that 10-year-old Lily Peters’ death was a homicide. Ron Patten told us today she suffered strangulation and blunt force trauma.
Her body is currently at the Ramsey County Minnesota Medical Center and will be there for an undetermined amount of time. He says final autopsy results could take four to six weeks while they wait on toxicology reports.
A 14-year-old boy was charged yesterday in the case, facing counts of first-degree intentional homicide and sexual assault. Her body was found Monday in a wooded area off a walking trail in Chippewa Falls, a day after she went missing after a visit to her aunt’s house.
The boy is being held on a one-million-dollar cash bond.