HARRISBURG, Ill. (KFVS) - The coroner released the autopsy results for a woman who was found dead north of Equality.
According to the Gallatin County coroner, the autopsy was performed on Tuesday, March 16. The preliminary findings show 19-year-old Mishealia Meredith died from a gunshot wound to the head.
Meredith was found dead on March 14.
Alexander McWilliam, 36, was charged with murder in connection to her death.
He was arrested on Tuesday, March 23 in eastern Kentucky after a standoff with officers.
According to Illinois State Police, on March 14, they were asked by the Harrisburg Police Department to investigate the disappearance of a woman.
The investigation led them to a home in the 800 block of High Street in Eldorado, where they said they found evidence of a homicide.
Investigators later found the missing woman’s body in rural Gallatin County, north of Equality, roughly 10 miles from the home in Eldorado.
According to the coroner, his office was contacted on March 14 by the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Department to respond to North Pool Road.
He said Meredith’s body was found in an open agriculture-type field.
A family member described Mishealia as a sweet girl who was very close to her family, loved life and always had a smile on her face.
She is from Eldorado and was living in Harrisburg at the time of her death.
She was enrolled at Southeastern Illinois College.
Melissa Ann Holbrook, a resident on High Street in Eldorado, said she was surprised by what she saw on Sunday.
“I just know there was at least 10-15 officers out there and not sure how many vehicles,” she said. “You could not get through the street.”
Holbrook called it a close-knit neighborhood and said she didn’t see or hear anything unusual until police showed up.
For those wanting to donate to Mishealia’s GoFundMe page, click here.
The investigation is ongoing.
Anyone with information is asked to contact ISP Division of Criminal Investigation Zone 8 at 618-542-2171.