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State

Weapon recovered in teen girl’s murder case in Putnam County

Item being analyzed by State Police crime lab

GRANVILLE — A weapon believed to be connected to the murder of 16-year-old Diamond Bradley has been recovered by the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office during a search at Color Point, the former place of employment of suspect Richard A. Henderson.

During the ongoing investigation, the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office developed information that Henderson, 26, of Standard, may have discarded evidence at the commercial greenhouse in rural Granville.

On April 11, the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office was assisted in the search by Tri-DENT, Illinois State Police Crime Scene Services, the Spring Valley Police Department and the LaSalle County Sheriff’s Office.

This potential new evidence is being analyzed at the Illinois State Police Crime Scene Services laboratory.

Bradley was last was seen by her family the evening of Jan. 23 and was reported missing the following morning. Her body was found Jan. 27 alongside 850th North Road in Putnam County. She had been stabbed multiple times.

Investigators think she and Henderson met online and that Henderson picked the teen up near her home between 6:30 and 7:30 a.m. on Jan. 24. Police believe Henderson then drove to the spot where her body was found and killed her after an altercation.

Henderson was arrested after being interviewed at the police station. Tips, interviews, surveillance cameras, and cellphone pings link him to her death. Additional discovery evidence is still being developed.

Henderson’s next appearance in Putnam County court is Tuesday. The case is being tried by Judge Stephen A. Kouri, and Henderson will be represented by his attorney, public defender Roger Bolin. Putnam County State’s Attorney Christina Judd-Mennie is prosecuting the case.

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