Police in Effingham County, Illinois have arrested Justin D. DeRyke on first degree murder charges for the death of 7 year old Willow Long, of Watson.
DeRyke is the little girl’s maternal uncle and will make his initial court appearance today.
The child’s body was found Monday evening by searchers.
An autopsy positively identified the child but a cause of death has not been revealed.
The girl had been missing since Sunday morning.
An Amber Alert had not been issued since police believed that Willow had not been abducted but had just wandered off.