Murder case still priority as anniversary nears, police say

Murder case still priority as anniversary nears, police say

CHRISMAN – Illinois State Police investigators say a three-year old murder case from Edgar County remains a high priority for them.

On Jan. 28, 2008, the bodies of Mark Prasse of Chrisman and Ryan Riddell of Villa Grove, both 32, were found in Prasse's rural Chrisman home.

The best friends had been shot several times in what investigators say was a "targeted" crime, the motive for which remains a mystery to police.

Police have released few details over the years in order to protect the integrity of the investigation but said they have investigated nearly 1,000 leads, both in state and outside Illinois, and seized numerous pieces of evidence, some of which are still undergoing testing.

A page about the crime has been created on Facebook. Search for "help find Ryan Riddell's murderer" to find it. If you're logged in to Facebook, this link should take you right to the page.

The case is assigned to detectives in the Champaign zone office of the Illinois State Police. Those agents are working with the Edgar County state's attorney, sheriff's and coroner's offices, Paris police, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Police remind the public that there is a $25,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the deaths of the two men. Anyone with information is asked to call the state police 24-hour tip line at (217)-278-5004.

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