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Woman Dies From Stabbing; Suspect In Custody

A woman has died after being stabbed on Tuesday afternoon. Sangamon County Central Dispatch received a call at 4:11 PM on Tuesday about a possible stabbing in the 300 block of West Elm in Thayer. Pawnee, Auburn, and Divernon Police all responded to the scene with Sangamon County Sheriff’s arriving shortly after.  When police arrived they found blood at the door of the residence and what appeared to be forced entry. .A 36 year old female was located deceased inside. 


Detectives arrived and obtained a search warrant for the residence.  During this time, information about a possible suspect was developed and an attempt to locate was aired.  A 32 year old suspect was located at a hospital in Decatur and he was arrested Tuesday evening around 6:29 PM. 


Detectives traveled to Decatur and interviewed the suspect at the Decatur Police Department and the suspect was taken for treatment for a minor wound and transported to the Sangamon County Jail,. Sangamon County Sheriff Jack Campbell says that everyone involved in the case are accounted for and there is no threat to the community.  


32 year old Benjamin H. Reed of the 300 block of West Elm Street in Thayer was arrested and charged with first degree murder and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.

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