COLUMBIA, Ill. (KSDK) - The Major Case Squad of Greater St. Louis has been activated after a teen girl's body was found in a Columbia, Ill. home.
Columbia police say they received a call for a welfare checkfor 17-year-old Erin Schneideraround 12:16 p.m. Thursday.She waslast known to have been at a home in the 200 block of Riebeling Street.
Officers went to the home and found Schneider. Police will not say how she died, but say it appears to be a homicide.
Authorities say there is more than one scene involved in the crime, and they are working to acquire search warrants for the other scene or scenes.
Approximately 25detectives with the Major Case Squad are involved in the investigation.
Police tell us a man answered the door when they went to the home. Friends tell us that man owns the home and is Justin Kuykendall. His younger brother lives there as well, Jordan Kuykendall.
We have confirmed that Justin Kuykendall is a registered sex offender, but police tell us that has nothing to do with their homicide investigation.
Friends say the younger brother, Jordan Kuykendall, was in a relationship with Schneider until recently.
Police confirm that Jordan Kuykendallwas involved in a head-on collision Thursday morning on IL 158. Police tell us they are able to talk to him.
The Major Case Squad says they have two persons of interest. Their names have not been released and no arrests have been made.