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  • Riley Fox

    In the summer of 2004, a little girl named Riley Fox was abducted and murdered in the small town of Wilmington, Ill., about 60 miles southwest of Chicago. It was a gruesome crime that rocked the Rust Belt community.
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  • Riley Fox

    On the morning of June 6, 2004, Kevin Fox was home alone with his two children, 3-year-old daughter Riley and son Tyler, 6. His wife Melissa was away that weekend for a walk to raise breast cancer awareness in Chicago. Just before 8 a.m., Tyler woke Kevin and told him that Riley was gone. Kevin began searching for her himself, but after 40 minutes with no luck he called the police. Nearly the entire town came out to search for the little girl.
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  • Riley Fox

    Riley was last seen on her living room couch. Her father, Kevin Fox, had been out at a street festival in Chicago with one of Melissa's brothers and left the kids with his mother-in-law for the evening on June 5, 2004. Around 1 a.m., he returned home with the kids, put Tyler on a chair, Riley on the couch and covered her with a yellow blanket.
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  • Riley Fox

    The afternoon of June 6, 2004, two female volunteers found Riley's body face-down in a creek in the Forsythe Woods, about two-and-a-half miles from the Fox residence. She had been sexually assaulted, bound and gagged with duct tape and drowned.
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  • Riley Fox

    From the beginning, the Foxes believed an intruder came into their house and kidnapped Riley. But the police didn't think the intruder theory held up and began to zero in on Kevin Fox, who was the last known adult to see Riley alive.
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  • Riley Fox

    Authorities initially charged the young girl's father, Kevin Fox, with the murder, based largely on a videotaped confession that he'd killed Riley. Fox was arrested in October 2004, and spent eight months in prison before he was released and ultimately cleared through DNA evidence. The family sued the state and won $15 million, which was later reduced to $8.5 million.
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  • Riley Fox

    In late May 2010, investigators announced that Scott Eby, a 38-year-old imprisoned sex offender, had been charged with five counts of first degree murder and one count of predatory sexual assault in the long-unsolved murder. Eby, who had an extensive criminal record, was on parole at the time of Riley's murder. He is expected to plead not guilty to the charges.
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  • Riley Fox

    As the Fox family initially suspected, the slaying of their 3-year-old daughter seemed to be committed by an intruder. Fox attorney Kathleen Zellner says Eby confessed to killing Riley after first burglarizing another house on the same block -- an important clue that the Foxes say police at the time ignored. Also, police overlooked the Foxes' back door, pictured here, which was unlocked the night of Riley's murder.
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  • Riley Fox

    According to Fox lawyer Kathleen Zellner, Eby drove to a nearby park and assaulted Riley on the floor of a public restroom, before he dumped her body in a creek. But Kevin Fox said police did not process the bathroom floor for DNA evidence, and did not search the garbage can for her underwear.
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  • Riley Fox

    At the time of the murder, Eby lived about a mile away from the Fox home. According to Zellner, the day of Riley's murder, police responded to a reported suicide threat at Eby's house, where he allegedly asked if "that little girl" had been found yet. Zellner said given his inquiries about Riley and criminal record that police should have connected the dots.
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