GRANVILLE — The recent search for a missing teenage girl from Spring Valley has ended with the discovery of her body in a ditch along a rural Putnam County road.
The death of Diamond Bradley, 16, is being investigated as a homicide, the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release Sunday evening after an autopsy on a body found early Saturday afternoon along County Road 850N in Granville Township.
Bradley had been last seen alive about 10 p.m. Tuesday and was reported missing Wednesday. Foul play was not initially suspected when Spring Valley police sought public help in locating her, the LaSalle News Tribune reported at that time.
Sunday’s brief release from the sheriff’s office did not specify why homicide is now suspected. Nor did it state any results of the autopsy.
Bradley was described in earlier reports as 5 feet tall and around 100 pounds, with long black hair that had been dyed red. Anyone who might have seen her or have information about her is asked to contact their local law enforcement agency.
Meanwhile, a Spring Valley business has offered a cash reward for information leading to the arrest of anyone responsible for what has happened to the teen. Grandma Rosie’s, an ice cream shop and restaurant, announced that on its Facebook page Sunday afternoon.
“We will not allow someone to treat a beautiful human being like this and get away with it,” the business said.
Business owner Jason Judd is personally contributing $500 to the reward fund and is seeking others in the area to do so as well, the News Tribune reported. More information is available on Facebook.
Police did not say where along 850N the body was found. But the county road runs east and west about two miles south of Illinois Route 71, which passes through the village of Granville.