Missing Investigation

Ocheil Keys

DANVILLE — Ocheil D. Keys, the boyfriend of missing Danville woman Barbara Rose, has been charged with six counts of first degree murder and one count of concealing a homicidal death, according to Public Safety Director Larry Thomason.

Rose, 50, was reported missing Tuesday, Oct. 24 by family members. After the report was made detectives began an investigation and obtained a search warrant for her home in the 1100 block of Cleveland, where Keys also lived.

"Sufficient evidence has been collected that prompted detectives to seek charges against 26-year-old Ocheil D. Keys,” Thomason said. 

Keys was taken into custody Tuesday, Oct. 31.

Vermilion County States Attorney Jacqueline Lacy presented the information in Vermilion County Court on Oct. 31. Lacy requested and received a bond of $5 million.

Rose's body has not been recovered, Thomason said, but detectives have worked closely with the Danville Police Crime Scene Unit and Illinois State Police Crime Scene Unit. 

At the time of Keys' arrest he was out on bond and awaiting trial for an unrelated case from September 2016 where he was charged with Aggravated Battery to a Child and Unlawful Use of a Weapon by a Felon.

No other information is being released at this time and questions regarding the charges are being directed to the Vermilion County States Attorney.

Anyone who may have seen Rose or has information regarding this case is asked to call Danville Police at (217) 431-2250 or Vermilion County Crime Stoppers at (217) 446-TIPS.