Local police are not giving up on a nearly 20-year murder investigation in Streator and are asking for your help. On March 26, 2003, 7-year-old Dalton Mesarchik was reported missing to the Streator Police Department. The following day, his body was located in the Vermilion River south of Streator. Today marked the 17th anniversary of his disappearance and murder.
The Illinois State Police Division of Criminal Investigation released a statement saying they continue to make this investigation a priority. With assistance from local agencies, ISP DCI officials say they continue to follow up on all existing and new leads.
To date, approximately 2,000 leads have been opened and investigated. Of these, many have led to additional follow up assignments within and outside the state of Illinois. ISP DCI Zone 5 Commander Captain Jason Henderson is asking for anyone with information about Dalton’s murder to come forward, even if the detail seems unimportant or has been already reported.
The ISP is also reminding the public that a reward of $50,000 remains in effect for information leading to the arrest of the person or persons responsible for this crime. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact their local police department or ISP DCI at 815-844-1500 extension 2321.