Hillsboro Family Pleads For Answers 19 Years After Son's Death
HILLSBORO, Ill. (WICS) —
A Hillsboro family is pleading for answers 19 years after the murder of their son.
On April 25, 1998, the body of 20-year-old Jeremy Chappelear was found on a rural road in Donnelson, a village in Montgomery and Bond counties.
Chappelear was last seen alive around 2:00 am at a party two miles from where his body was found.
His family tells us, he was kind, funny and had a smile that lit up a room.
Chappelear enjoyed hunting and driving his truck with his Labrador by his side.
His family says he didn't have any enemies and never imagined a murder happening in their small town.
All these years later, police are still investigating, and the family is still hoping for justice and closure.
"Some days it's unbearable. Sometime's it's all i can do to get out of bed. So I've been getting older. I want this solved before I get any older. I don't want to wait 20 years. I don't want to wait another 19 years," said Bunni Lippard, Jeremy Chappelear's mother.
Police are hoping new information on this cold case will lead to an arrest.
Crime Stoppers is offering up to a $5,000 reward to anyone who has information.
You can leave an anonymous tip by calling 800-352-0136.