It was 17 years ago today when Dalton Mesarchik was reported missing to the Streator Police Department.
The next day, the 7-year-old was found dead in the Vermilion River south of Streator. The Illinois State Police have released a statement saying they continue to make this investigation a priority. To date, approximately 2,000 leads have been investigated. Troopers say many have led to follow up investigations within and outside the state. Also about 500 pieces of evidence have been collected.
A $50,000 reward remains in place for information that leads to an arrest or arrests regarding the Mesarchik murder. If you have any information, call 844-1500.