Chester, IL man turns himself in after man found along Mississip - KFVS12 News & Weather Cape Girardeau, Carbondale, Poplar Bluff

Chester, IL man turns himself in after man found along Mississippi River in June

Briseno has been charged with Aggravated Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol & Obstructing Justice. (Source: Chester Police Department) Briseno has been charged with Aggravated Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol & Obstructing Justice. (Source: Chester Police Department)
Officials obtained an arrest warrant for Stephanie England for Obstructing Justice, a felony. (Source: Chester Police Department) Officials obtained an arrest warrant for Stephanie England for Obstructing Justice, a felony. (Source: Chester Police Department)
CHESTER, IL (KFVS) -

The body of a missing Chester, Illinois man was found around 9 a.m. on Friday, June 1 south of Chester. A man is in custody in connection with the incident. 

Criminal charges have been filed against 30-year-old Russell H. Briseno of Chester and 26-year-old Stephanie England of Chester in connection with an incident on May 30. 

Police said Briseno turned himself in on August 20.  Briseno has been charged with aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol and obstructing justice. 

Police said Briseno, England and 57-year-old Ronald Coffman of Chester drove a 2006 Jeep Liberty into the Mississippi River. Both Briseno and England were able to escape and return to the river bank, Coffman was not.

Download the KFVS News app: iPhone | Android

Two days later, Coffman’s deceased body was located and recovered from the Mississippi river a few miles south of Chester. Initial reports indicated that Coffman was the driver.

Police have now said an investigation into this matter revealed a number of inconsistencies in both Briseno’s and England’s account of the events. The police investigation has resulted in identifying Briseno as the driver. 

The Randolph County States Attorney has filed charges against and obtained an arrest warrant for Stephanie England for Obstructing Justice, a felony. Chester Police executed the arrest warrant on England last week at her home in Chester. She was arrested without incident.

According to police, the body of Ronald Coffman was found along the Illinois side of the river by an employee of Lone Eagle Dock 105 on mile marker 105.

The man's body was recovered by police and fire personnel from Chester and the Randolph County sheriff's office.

Emergency crews worked with a local towing company and dive team to find the vehicle and pull it out of the river.

If anyone has any information on the incident, call the Chester Police Department at 618-826-5454.

Copyright 2018 KFVS. All rights reserved.

  • Heartland NewsMore>>

  • What you need to know Aug. 21

    What you need to know Aug. 21

    Tuesday, August 21 2018 5:30 AM EDT2018-08-21 09:30:24 GMT
    It's looking a little gloomy outside (Source: James Gullage of Humboldt, Tennessee)It's looking a little gloomy outside (Source: James Gullage of Humboldt, Tennessee)
    It's looking a little gloomy outside (Source: James Gullage of Humboldt, Tennessee)It's looking a little gloomy outside (Source: James Gullage of Humboldt, Tennessee)

    Good morning, it is Tuesday, Aug. 21. First Alert Forecast It’s going to be another gloomy start to the day, even though there will be no rain on the radar.

    Good morning, it is Tuesday, Aug. 21. First Alert Forecast It’s going to be another gloomy start to the day, even though there will be no rain on the radar.

  • What you need to know Aug. 20

    What you need to know Aug. 20

    Tuesday, August 21 2018 5:28 AM EDT2018-08-21 09:28:16 GMT
    Rain is on the radar all morning (Source: James Gullage of Humboldt, TN)Rain is on the radar all morning (Source: James Gullage of Humboldt, TN)

    Good morning, it is Monday, Aug. 20. First Alert Forecast We have rain on the radar right now. 

    Good morning, it is Monday, Aug. 20. First Alert Forecast We have rain on the radar right now. 

  • Study: How many teens text and drive in the Heartland?

    Study: How many teens text and drive in the Heartland?

    Monday, August 20 2018 10:02 PM EDT2018-08-21 02:02:26 GMT
    According to a new Center For Disease Control and Prevention study Missouri is one of the most dangerous states for teen texting and driving. (Source: KFVS)According to a new Center For Disease Control and Prevention study Missouri is one of the most dangerous states for teen texting and driving. (Source: KFVS)
    According to a new Center For Disease Control and Prevention study Missouri is one of the most dangerous states for teen texting and driving. (Source: KFVS)According to a new Center For Disease Control and Prevention study Missouri is one of the most dangerous states for teen texting and driving. (Source: KFVS)

    According to a new Center For Disease Control and Prevention study Missouri is one of the most dangerous states for teen texting and driving. 

    According to a new Center For Disease Control and Prevention study Missouri is one of the most dangerous states for teen texting and driving. 

  • Trending StoriesTrending StoriesMore>>

  • Man admits wife's murder, blames her for daughters' deaths

    Man admits wife's murder, blames her for daughters' deaths

    Tuesday, August 21 2018 12:15 AM EDT2018-08-21 04:15:23 GMT
    Tuesday, August 21 2018 6:34 AM EDT2018-08-21 10:34:48 GMT
    Christopher Watts, 33, faces three first-degree murder charges, two counts of murdering a child under 12, one count of unlawful termination of a pregnancy and three counts of tampering with a deceased human body. (Source: Weld County Sheriff/KMGH/CNN)Christopher Watts, 33, faces three first-degree murder charges, two counts of murdering a child under 12, one count of unlawful termination of a pregnancy and three counts of tampering with a deceased human body. (Source: Weld County Sheriff/KMGH/CNN)

    The father of two told police in court papers released Monday that he killed his pregnant wife after witnessing her strangling one of the girls on a baby monitor.

    The father of two told police in court papers released Monday that he killed his pregnant wife after witnessing her strangling one of the girls on a baby monitor.

  • Police sergeant fired after off-duty shooting allegedly driven by jealousy

    Police sergeant fired after off-duty shooting allegedly driven by jealousy

    Tuesday, August 21 2018 12:57 AM EDT2018-08-21 04:57:42 GMT
    The Aug. 2 incident that left 21-year-old Thavone Santana hospitalized resulted in protests and calls for justice. (Source: Santana Family/Grace Christian Education Center/WPIX/CNN)The Aug. 2 incident that left 21-year-old Thavone Santana hospitalized resulted in protests and calls for justice. (Source: Santana Family/Grace Christian Education Center/WPIX/CNN)

    The sergeant initially said the incident was an attempted robbery, but investigators say it was actually a dispute over an alleged love triangle.

    The sergeant initially said the incident was an attempted robbery, but investigators say it was actually a dispute over an alleged love triangle.

  • US deports former Nazi camp guard, 95, to Germany

    US deports former Nazi camp guard, 95, to Germany

    Tuesday, August 21 2018 4:18 AM EDT2018-08-21 08:18:16 GMT
    Tuesday, August 21 2018 6:33 AM EDT2018-08-21 10:33:56 GMT
    The deportation of the 95-year-old former concentration camp guard, Jakiw Palij, came 25 years after investigators first confronted him about his World War II past and he admitted lying to get into the U.S. (Source: Department of Justice)The deportation of the 95-year-old former concentration camp guard, Jakiw Palij, came 25 years after investigators first confronted him about his World War II past and he admitted lying to get into the U.S. (Source: Department of Justice)

    The White House says a 95-year-old former Nazi concentration camp guard has been deported to Germany, 14 years after a judge ordered him deported.

    The White House says a 95-year-old former Nazi concentration camp guard has been deported to Germany, 14 years after a judge ordered him deported.

Powered by Frankly