The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

February 24, 2013

Woman’s body found in rural area

BY BRIAN L. HUCHEL
Commercial-News

HOOPESTON — A body was discovered this afternoon along rural property in northern Vermilion County.

Vermilion County Sheriff Pat Hartshorn confirmed the body of a white female was found after noon today.

The body was found by a man walking out to check his deer stand, the sheriff said.

The location where the discovery was made is about three-quarters of a mile off of Illinois Route 9.

Hartshorn described the property as wooded farmland along a creek just east of Hoopeston.

No positive identification has been made on the body, Hartshorn said. Sheriff’s investigators and the coroner’s office were called to the scene.

Vermilion County Coroner Peggy Johnson, in a release, indicated that a positive identification of the body will be confirmed during an autopsy scheduled for Monday morning.

The discovery comes almost a month after 33-year-old Amanda Walters-Pentecost was reported missing in Hoopeston.

She was reported missing on Feb. 1 in Hoopeston. Since that time, local police conducted searches of the area trying to find her.

From the beginning, police said there were no indications that Walters-Pentecost — a mother of two children — was the victim of a crime.

According to police, Walters-Pentecost’s purse was found at one point since she was reported missing. Her cellular phone has not been found.

The woman is described as standing 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighing 140 pounds. She has brown hair, green eyes and several tattoos.