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Decatur police recover evidence from lake, believed to be tied to murder

Further testing of that evidence will be requested of the Illinois State Police Crime Lab. (Courtesy of MGN Online)

The Decatur Police Department and the FBI Springfield Division have ended the joint evidence recovery operation that was taking place at Ivy Hill Park in Decatur. The FBI concluded their diving operations at about noon today.

The Decatur Police Department had reached out to the FBI several weeks ago with a request for assistance from the FBI’s dive team.

Detectives with the Decatur Police Department learned that potential evidence from the Zachary Hubbartt murder had been discarded in the lake from the shores of Ivy Hill Park.

Evidence was recovered from the lake, that Detectives believe is tied to the murder of Hubbartt. Further testing of that evidence will be requested of the Illinois State Police Crime Lab.

At this time, Ivy Hill Park will be open as usual. The Decatur Police Department again wants to thank the public for their understanding during the time access to the park was restricted.

The investigations into the murder of Mr. Hubbartt as well as other recent homicides are still ongoing.

The Decatur Police Department once again asks that anyone with information regarding any of the recent homicides calls the Decatur Police Department at 424-2711 or 424-2734. As always if the caller wishes to remain anonymous they can call the Crime Stoppers tip line at 423-TIPS.

Because the investigation is still on-going, the Decatur Police Department will not be releasing information on what type of evidence was recovered.



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