3 arrested in connection to body found in Gallatin County, Ill.

3 arrested in connection to body found in Gallatin County, Ill.

CARMI, Ill. (KFVS) - Three people were arrested in connection to a body found on June 9.

Troy Gwaltney, 42, of Eldorado, Ill.; Richard Emerson, 30, of Eldorado, Ill.; and Toria Emerson, 22, of Eldorado, Ill. were arrested on Friday, June 12.

They were formally charged with concealment of a homicidal death by the Saline County State’s Attorney on June 12.

From left: Troy Gwaltney, Richard Emerson and Toria Emerson were arrested in connection to a body found in rural Gallatin County, Ill. (Source: Illinois State Police)
From left: Troy Gwaltney, Richard Emerson and Toria Emerson were arrested in connection to a body found in rural Gallatin County, Ill. (Source: Illinois State Police) (Source: Illinois State Police)

Charging documents allege all three, between April 15 and June 9, in Saline County, Ill., knew Mitchell died by homicidal means and knowingly concealed his death by transporting his body for the purpose of disposing it.

A bond hearing was scheduled for Monday, June 15 in Saline County. All three are being held in the Saline County Jail.

The arrests came after the positive identification of human remains found on June 9 in rural Gallatin County.

The remains were identified in an autopsy on June 10 as Chase E. Mitchell, a 32-year-old male of Eldorado, Ill.

Mitchell was reported missing to the Eldorado Police Department by his family on May 5, 2020.

Illinois State Police Division of Criminal Justice Zone 8 was contacted by the Eldorado Police Department to assist in the investigation on June 9.

A multi-agency search for Mitchell had been ongoing since he was reported missing.

Information was found that led investigators to a rural location in Gallatin County, where suspected human remains were recovered.

The joint investigation into the death of Mitchell is ongoing at this time and involves ISP DCI Zone 8, ISP Crime Scene Services, Eldorado Police Department, Gallatin County Sheriff’s Department and the Gallatin County Coroner’s Office.

The homicide investigation, now led by ISP DCI Zone 8, continues and no additional information is being released at this time.

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