CHIPPEWA FALLS Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – It’s a worst-case scenario. A missing person’s report is now a homicide investigation after police found the body of Iliana ‘Lily’ Peters yesterday morning. Police say the 10-year-old was found in a wooded area near a walking trail in Chippewa Falls.

Police say Lily Peters’ father reported his daughter missing last night after she didn’t make it home from her aunt’s house. Chippewa Falls Police Chief Matthew Kelm says that they found her body yesterday morning. Evidence at the scene pointed to homicide.

Last night, the Chippewa Falls community is finding ways to come together to process this tragedy. Officers found her bicycle near the woods of a walking trail between that street and the Leinenkugel brewery’s parking lot Monday morning. First responders found her body.

“That was the point that we made the decision to transition, so I can’t speak to what the evidence is or specifics to that decision making, but why we went to that decision, but that was at that time.”

With no suspect in custody, the Chippewa Falls Police Chief is urging the community to use extra caution.

“Chippewa Falls is a safe community. This is a very rare occurrence. However, we have to be cognizant of the fact that it will require some additional vigilance here today.”

Kelm said Monday afternoon that Leinenkugel is helping the investigation. A statement on behalf of the brewery says:

“This is an unspeakable, heartbreaking tragedy, and we want to express our deepest condolences to the family and friends of the victim. We are working with the authorities and providing the help and support we can.”

As for community members, they’re trying make sense of Lily Peters’ death.

“This poor little 10-year-old girl, who does that? It is just so hard. Everybody I know and don’t know is messaging me and saying watch your kids.”

Amanda Behm has lived in Chippewa Falls her whole life. When they heard the news, Behm and her children decided to pay tribute to the 10 year old.

“My kids were with me so we went out and we colored her name, and let people know, hey, kids live here, and we will be on alert.”

At Parkview Elementary school where Lily was a fourth-grader, a sign, a teddy bear, and some flowers are remembering her. In another part of the city, community members had the chance to come and pray at Valley Vineyard Church.

“What we wanted was a spot for the community to gather together. There’s something about community being together that helps than being alone. The worst thing tonight to do is be alone. Grief alone is dangerous. Grieving together is a place to start or at least a place to have and be grounded. 

The investigation into Lily Peters death is ongoing. Again, no suspect has been arrested at this time. If you have any information or see anything suspicious, the police department has set up a tip line. That number is 1-800-263-5906.