By Heartland News
PINCKNEYVILLE, IL (KFVS) - The Perry County Sheriff's Department is investigating the body found in a creek Sunday near Pinckneyville as a homicide.
The body is of a 15-year-old runaway girl named Sidnee Stephens of Pinckneyville.
The grandmother of Sidnee Stephens, Mary Ruth Tritschler, says the sheriff's office called the girl's parents mid-Tuesday.
The grandmother says Sidnee was identified by jewelry and the clothing on her body.
A fisherman reported a body floating in the Beaucoup Creek to the Perry County Sheriff's Office at 5 p.m. Sunday.
The caller said he was on Cudgetown Road just south of Pinckneyville at the Beaucoup Creek bridge.
Perry County Coroner Paul Searby pronounced Stephens dead at 5:30 p.m.
Visitation will be at Oak Grove Baptist Church on Saturday, from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m.
A memorial service will be held at Oak Grove Baptist Church, Pinckneyville, IL on Saturday, July 31, 2010 at 7 p.m. A private interment will be in Sunset Memorial Park, DuQuoin, IL.
Memorials may be made to the family of Sidnee Stephens.