Tuesday, December 30, 2008


Hartsburg, Illinois: Place where MeLisa Cleary's body found by train tracks.

MeLisa Cleary's body was found near railroad tracks more than 20 miles from her home.

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MeLisa Cleary
was in the process of separating from her husband, Daniel, when she was last seen on June 6, 2008.

Body found near Hartsburg
By Staff and wire reports / The Courier
Tue Jun 10, 2008, 09:59 AM CDT

Hartsburg, Ill. -

Police reportedly have detained a Mackinaw man after a woman’s body, believed to be that of the man’s missing wife, was found near Hartsburg on Monday.

Authorities suspect the body is that of MeLisa Cleary, 30, of Mackinaw. She was reported missing Friday evening after family and friends could not reach her by phone. Nicole Simpson, a close friend, said her body was found in a rural area near Hartsburg on Monday morning, according to a report by GateHouse News Service in Peoria.

Logan County State’s Attorney Tim Huyett said Canadian National railroad workers found the body of a 30-year-old woman near Hartsburg, but he would not confirm her identity. Logan County Coroner Robert Thomas said the body would likely be identified today, and he said it showed obvious signs of trauma.

Authorities couldn’t locate MeLisa Cleary’s husband, Daniel Cleary, for questioning Monday, but news reports indicate he was taken into custody early this morning. MeLisa Cleary’s sister, Brandy Gerard of Washington, told WEEK TV in Peoria that neighbors saw Daniel Cleary and the couple’s three children leave their residence in a car with suitcases Monday afternoon. The three children are: Chloe Renee Cleary, 3; Jacob Thomas Cleary, 8; and Kaitlin Elizabeth Roten, 12, who sometimes goes by the last name of Cleary.

The Illinois State Police issued an Amber Alert stating that Daniel Cleary, 34, abducted his three children at 5 p.m. Monday and was possibly en route to the Peoria area.


This case is open and active! If anybody has any information involving the disappearance and death of MeLisa by all means call.

The Tazewell County Sheriff's Office can be reached at 309-346-4141. The Logan County Sheriff's Office can be reached at 217-732-2156. Crimestoppers at 673-9000.

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