An anonymous tip in Peoria led to the arrest of a suspect wanted in connection with the beating death of a Danville woman.
Joan E. Duckworth, 50, was found killed around 9 p.m. on June 28 at her home in the 500 block of Porter by relatives who had not seen her in several days. Her death was later blamed on blunt force trauma.
Beyond her cause of death, few details have been released by police up to this point, including whether a weapon was found at the home and where in the home Duckworth was found.
Danville Director of Public Safety Larry Thomason confirmed late Saturday afternoon that a Danville man — 52-year-old Kenneth Dye — was arrested Friday night on a warrant charging him with Duckworth’s death.
According to Thomason, Danville police obtained an arrest warrant Friday afternoon charging Dye with three counts of first-degree murder, one count of aggravated domestic battery and one count of battery.
Then, just before 7:30 p.m., Peoria police received an anonymous tip that a person — later identified as Dye — who was at St. Francis Medical Center was wanted on murder charges in Danville.
Peoria police responded to the hospital and took Dye into custody. Thomason noted Dye was not a patient at the hospital at the time of his arrest.
Dye was transported Saturday to Vermilion County where he was incarcerated without bond at the Public Safety Building jail.
No other details, including a potential motive for Duckworth’s death, were released Saturday by Thomason.
Dye has a previous criminal record going back to 1989 in Vermilion County. In 1996, Dye was charged with attempted murder for an incident on June 13, 1996. He was sentenced to 21 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections in 1997.