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Remains Of Missing E. Dubuque Girl Found; Community Response


The community is reacting to a new development in the case of teenage girl who went missing two years ago. Police announced Friday morning that they believe they have found the remains of 14-year-old Chyenne Kircher in the woods behind her home in East Dubuque.

She disappeared in October of 2011, but a recent break in the case had agents with the FBI and Illinois State Police digging near the home where she lived with her mother, brother and stepfather. Earlier this week, they charged her stepfather with first degree murder. Terry Abbas is accused of strangling Chyenne, causing her death. While an autopsy will be conducted, police are convinced the remains belong to Chyenne.

Friday morning, authorities held a news conference at the East Dubuque boat ramp to release the latest developments. Along with reporters, members of the community were in attendance including the mayor, aldermen, business owners and those who knew Chyenne.

"We initially thought that she just ran away, that was the indication. So, we were hoping to find her," said East Dubuque Mayor George Young.

Lisa Appel knew Chyenne and was very emotional.

"It's very hard on all of us, but today, sadly, is an end to all of it. It's closure but not complete because we don't have the answers," Appel said.

Some of those questions still need to be answered. Why do police believe Chyenne was strangled by her stepfather? What kind of evidence led police to the family's backyard?

They are questions police hope to be able to answer as the investigation continues.

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