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Nigerian Student Missing in the U.S.
*Student's body found burnt
- Walter Bell
(Friday, October 28, 2005)
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Normal, Ill., USA — (Crime Library) The FBI is now assisting the Normal Police Department and Illinois State authorities in the search for missing Illinois State University student, Olamide Adeyooye. Olamide Adeyooye, a 21-year-old woman from Lagos, Nigeria, is a clinical sciences senior at the university. She was last seen talking on her cell phone in a Family Video store on Thursday, October 13th at 9 p.m.. Adeyooye's family reported her missing to local police two days later, after being notified she had not shown up at her classes and job.
"I stopped over to drop off a CD," said Ashley Petrey, a friend.
On Saturday, Petrey tried to reach Adeyooye at work and found she was not there. Petrey said she went to her friend's apartment again, the next day. The television was on and food was in the microwave. Adeyooye was gone and her cell phone and personal effects were still there.
"I went to the Normal, Ill. police and her family came down to file a police report," said Petrey.
Investigators searched Adeyooye's Market Street apartment and questioned anyone who knew her. Her car was gone and there were no signs of foul play. Normal police and members of the McLean County Emergency Services Disaster Agency Search and Rescue Team launched an area-wide search. Police dogs and aircraft were brought in to help.
Six days after the disappearance, investigators found some of the missing student's personal items in a dumpster near Adeyooye's apartment. Dogs were used to get her scent off the items. "So we figured, we're going to track back to see where this dumpster was dumped the last time...contacting the waste removal company," said Normal Police Department Lieutenant Mark Kotte. Tracing the dumpster only led to a dead end.
Authorities say they are closer to finding out what happened to the missing student. "We kind of have a general idea, I think, but it's still too early because we still haven't got all the pieces of the puzzle," said Lieutenant Kotte. Investigators will not release details of the find. "I mean, we have some generalities, but we can't share them because that would definitely become a problem for the case."
Based on the evidence, the case has been elevated to a criminal investigation. The FBI was contacted to aid in the search. Although no suspects have been named, authorities are questioning certain people and looking for several others. "It's possible either they know something about what's going on, or they could be involved," said Kotte.
Authorities are concentrating on locating Adeyooye's missing car. It is a green 1996 Toyota Corolla, with Illinois license plates LBG 927. It has an ISU sticker on the center of the rear window and the broken front passenger seat is in a reclining position.
*Student's Body Found in Burned-Out Chicken Coop
Students at Illinois State University are mourning the death of university senior Olamide Adeyooye, found in a burned-out chicken coop in Mississippi last Friday. The Associated Press reported that workers were cleaning out a chicken coop in Lake, Miss., where firefighters put out a fire four days earlier, when they found Adeyooye's body. Authorities said that dental records confirmed her remains Wednesday. Thursday night, authorities told the The Clarion Ledger newspaper (Jackson, Miss.) that they had picked up a man in Atlanta who might be questioned in connection with Adeyooye's slaying. His name has not been released, but he reportedly lived in the same apartment complex in Normal, Ill., as Adeyooye. Police are trying to establish how the body of the Illinois State student ended up in Mississippi. Police said that they searched the man's apartment, a few doors down from Adeyooye's apartment, where they took pictures. Detectives said when they scanned the apartment with ultraviolet light, they found....... More
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