Police: Probe continues into student's death

Police: Probe continues into student's death

CHAMPAIGN — It could be weeks before it is known how a 15-year-old Centennial High School student died. 

The St. Louis Medical Examiner’s Office conducted an autopsy on the body of Luke Miller on Monday morning with Champaign police present, but officials in that office told The News-Gazette it could be six to eight weeks before a full report is released to the public.

Late Monday afternoon, Champaign police announced in a news release that “additional laboratory analysis and testing” is needed following the autopsy.

“Until additional testing is complete, a determination as to whether the death was a result of a traumatic injury or medical issue is not possible,” Champaign police said. “Therefore, no additional comment regarding the cause of death will be made at this time.”

Mr. Miller died at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis at 9:53 p.m. Champaign police said Mr. Miller’s death remains “an open, active investigation” and encouraged anyone with information to contact them.

Since Saturday, police said, “numerous tips and information have been provided to detectives, which has resulted in the identification of both factual and fictional information.”

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chief21 wrote on March 13, 2017 at 6:03 pm

What's the " isolated incident" they keep refering to?

chief21 wrote on March 16, 2017 at 12:03 pm

Why can't the police release what they DO know? Look for huge stall campaign...drag out this ridiculously long autopsy. Comment on New Gazette culled of comments quickly.

Homeboy wrote on March 13, 2017 at 7:03 pm

I bet Assange knows.

jimmie wrote on March 14, 2017 at 5:03 pm

Word is out that this was a hate crime. Can guess what this means.  I have no doubt the admin and cops are going to sit on the details until spring break in an effort to bury the consequences and control public reaction and outrage.  It is becoming increasingly likely that Johnson can be proud that he and his policies presided over the first murder at a champaign hs.

Commonsenseman wrote on March 16, 2017 at 10:03 am

Pretty simple a race related hate crime. Essentially murder in a school where the principal did not set limits and allowed kids to go wild because of race. First they block the street in a school supported riot. Now a boy is dead. I hope the killers r tried as adults