A 26-year-old Standard man is being held in the LaSalle County Jail in connection with the murder of a Spring Valley teenager last month.
Richard A. Henderson was arrested Tuesday for concealing a homicidal death in connection with the death of 16-year-old Diamond Bradley. Henderson will be tried in Putnam County, Sheriff Kevin Doyle said in a Tuesday press conference in Spring Valley. Police said they expect more charges at a later date.
Bond for Henderson was set at $1 million in Putnam County Court Tuesday.
Diamond was last seen alive on Jan. 23 and reported missing a day later. Her body was found in a rural Putnam County ditch near the LaSalle County line on Jan. 27.
At the press conference, authorities said they used pings from Bradley's cell phone and surveillance camera footage to link the death to Henderson. Police said Henderson and Bradley met online and agreed to meet on the morning she disappeared.
Police said they believe Henderson picked up Bradley near her house in Spring Valley and drove her directly to the rural location on 850 N Road in rural Putnam County where her body was found. Police said a fight then happened, resulting in Henderson killing Diamond.
The Putnam County death investigator said Bradley was stabbed multiple times.
Henderson is set to appear in court again for a preliminary hearing on Feb. 15.
Law enforcement agencies involved in the investigation include the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office, Chicago Police Department, Spring Valley Police Department, Peoria Police Department, LaSalle County Sheriff’s Office, Illinois State Police, Bureau County Sheriff’s Office, Illinois State Police Crime Scene Services, LaSalle Police Department, TRIDENT, Peru Police Department, Peoria County Sheriff’s Office, Oglesby Police Department, Putnam County State’s Attorney’s Office, Ottawa Police Department, Bureau County State’s Attorney’s Office, Streator Police Department, LaSalle County State’s Attorney’s Office, and Cook County Sheriff’s Office.