Authorities are releasing additional details about the body in the box that was found on Industrial Road earlier this week.
According to the Peoria County Sheriff’s Office, on Nov. 30 a missing person report was filed with their office for 51-year-old Douglas L. Bailey. The PCSO states that at the time of the missing person report, Bailey was living at 1373 Ash Street, in Prescott, Wisconsin. Police were told Bailey was supposed to meet family in the Peoria area for Thanksgiving on Nov. 26 but never arrived.
Based upon information that authorities have been able to gather at this point, police said Bailey was possibly dropped off in Peoria County by his girlfriend, 44-year-old Rose M. Keuhni, who resided with him at the Ash Street address.
Officials say the Peoria County Sheriff’s Investigative Division and the Peoria County Search and Rescue Team performed an extensive search in a rural area in Peoria County on Dec. 2-5. The search revealed no signs or evidence that Bailey was in the area.
On Dec. 7, detectives from the Peoria County Sheriff’s Office travelled to Prescott, Wisconsin to further investigate the disappearance of Bailey. The Peoria detectives say they made contact with the Pierce County Sheriff’s Office Investigators in Pierce County, Wisconsin to do a joint investigation of the whereabouts of Bailey.
Authorities say through thorough investigations and interviews as part of the joint effort, Keuhni was arrested for second-degree intentional homicide and hiding a corpse in Pierce County, Wisconsin. As of press time, Keuhni was still being held in the Pierce County Jail and has not been granted bond.
Authorities go on to say through a further investigation, it was revealed that Bailey was murdered in Prescott, Wisconsin and then transported to Bell County, where his body was found in a box on Industrial Road.
After the determination was made that Bailey was killed in Pierce County, Wisconsin, and that Bailey’s body was not in Peoria County, the Peoria County Sheriff’s Office relinquished the investigation to the Pierce County Sheriff’s Office.
No information on how or why the body was transported to Bell County has been released at this time. The Kentucky State Police located the body in the box, along with another box, which is believed to contain personal effects.
The Middlesboro Daily News will continue to have updates to this story as they are made available.
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