Police Still Without Suspects or Arrests in O'Laughlin Murder
The reward for information leading to the killer has increased to $60,000 and multiple local departments are now on the case.
Indian Head Park police have still made no arrests and have no suspects in the murder of 14-year-old Kelly O’Laughlin, IHP police chief Frank Alonzo told press on Tuesday afternoon.
“We are investigating and following up on any leads,” Alonzo said, adding that citizens have been supplying them in number. “We are still looking for information… Whatever evidence we have is still being investigated.”
The reward for information leading to the killer’s capture has reached more than $60,000 as of Tuesday, all from anonymous donors and some from well outside the local community.
Alonzo said that other area departments, currently unspecified, are now aiding in the investigation, along with the Cook County Sheriff’s Department.
As many as 40 police officers are working on the case at any one time, many of whom have children of their own, some near O’Laughlin’s age—and thus no small personal stake in the investigation.
“That why these officers haven’t given up,” Alonzo said.
Asked if he thought the case would be solved, Alonzo replied, “How am I to say if it’s going to be solved or not solved?”
He also repeatedly stressed for people to “remember that this is a 14-year-old girl who did not deserve to die in her home.”
Police say they still believe that O’Laughlin was killed after surprising a burglar who had forced entry through the rear of her house on Keokuk Road. The burglar is reported to have taken several unique coins from the home.
Alonzo declined to answer several other questions from press, saying that the matters were still "under investigation."
White ribbons have been tied to trees and telephone poles throughout the Lyons Township area in memory of O’Laughlin. Visitations will be held on Wednesday and Thursday, and a funeral mass on Friday. Full funeral arrangement information may be found here.