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Woman Murdered in Springfield, Police Question Suspect
Springfield police remain at a home on North 17th Street where they found a 25-year-old woman murdered Thursday morning. Just hours before she was found, neighbor Julie Tull called 911.
"About 11 [Wednesday] night, I was walking my dog and I could hear screams of terror," Tull said. "She kept saying 'let me go' so I assumed she was being restrained against her will. So I was frantic and wanted to get her help. I came in and called 911."
Deputy Chief Cliff Buscher said officers checked out the area, but didn't hear or see anything unusual.
Thursday morning, a friend of Kayla Dillon's called police, worried something may have happened.
"We decided to make entry into the house and once we made entry, we found the victim," Buscher said.
Officials are not releasing information about how Dillon died until an autopsy is done.
"I wish I could've done more to help," Tull said. "I just don't know what I could've done that wouldn't have compromised my own safety."
Police tracked down a man they think is responsible and say he knew the victim, but wouldn't say how. Detectives are still questioning him.
No charges have been filed.
"We're going to do everything we can on this investigation to confirm who did it, this is our suspect, get all the evidence we need to take to the state's attorney's office so the state's attorney can press charges on this, get a conviction and put this person in prison," Buscher said.
The death investigation for Kayla Dillon is ongoing. An autopsy is scheduled for Friday afternoon.
This homicide is Springfield's seventh this year.