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Grim anniversary: No arrests yet in year-old deaths of Byron mother and son

BYRON – Thursday will mark a year since the body of a young mother and her fatally injured 3-year-old son were found in their burning home. No arrests have been made, and evidence still is being examined.

Margaret “Maggie” Meyer, 31, a Chana Educational Center teacher, was found dead on a couch on the first floor of the home at 2020 N. Silverthorn Drive that morning.

Amos was pronounced dead a short time later at Mercyhealth Hospital in Rockford; he succumbed to smoke inhalation.

“It’s still an active investigation,” Sheriff Brian VanVickle said. “We review it on a regular basis, and evidence is still being processed.”

VanVickle and lead detective Lt. Brian Ketter have declined to release many details – including Meyer’s cause of death, although it has been determined – citing the ongoing investigation.

Despite the pace of the investigation, VanVickle is confident the case will be solved.

“I think we definitely will come to a resolution for the family,” he said in an interview Monday.

The fire was reported around 6:40 a.m. by Meyer’s ex-husband, Duane C. Meyer, 35, of Stillman Valley, who told officials he was there to pick up his son.

The couple had divorced about a month earlier.

When firefighters arrived, smoke alarms were sounding, the house was filled with heavy smoke, and Meyer and a Byron police officer were on the lawn performing CPR on Amos, who was found in an upstairs bedroom.

VanVickle and Ketter also won’t say how the fire started.

“We can’t elaborate,” VanVickle said.

A representative from the State Fire Marshal’s Office determined the cause was an arson while he was at the scene.

They do to believe more than one person was involved in the crime, Ketter said, adding that evidence still is being processed at the state police crime lab in Rockford.

Maggie Meyer’s parents, Donald and Luann Rosko of Mount Morris declined to be interviewed but did provide a statement:

“We miss them both very much. They were the loves of our lives,” Luann said. “They’re constantly in our thoughts. We’re just hoping for justice.”

“If anyone knows anything, please come forward,” Donald added.


Anyone with information is asked to call the Ogle County Sheriff's Office at 815-732-2136 or the anonymous reward hotline, Ogle Lee Crime Stoppers, at 888-228-4488.

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