State police say the victim of an apparent murder at an Interstate 39 rest area was 44-year-old Tonya D. Bargman of Monticello.
MONTICELLO — The woman who was killed at an Interstate 39 rest stop was a bank manager in Monticello, and was known as “a super volunteer, a super person.”
State police on Wednesday identified the victim of the apparent murder at a rest area near Paw Paw as 44-year-old Tonya D. Bargman of Monticello.
Terence Doddy, 36, of Rockford, is listed as a person of interest in the investigation.
Doddy is also wanted by Rockford police for the alleged murder of Todd Hansmeier, 37, that occurred June 30 in Rockford.
Ms. Bargman was found at the Willow Creek rest stop by an attendant at about 8:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Investigators reviewed surveillance video and determined that a woman came out of the rest room and was then attacked by a man.
Doddy was seen leaving the scene in the victim’s vehicle, a gray 2013 Nissan Altima, with Illinois license plates BARGMN 2. There was a silver colored Illini Nissan decal on the lower rear bumper of the vehicle. Investigators have issued law enforcement alerts nationwide.
Ms. Bargman, who went by the name “Toni,” was a 1988 Monticello High School graduate. She worked as a manager for Central Illinois Bank in Monticello. She also volunteered for many local efforts, including for many years on the committee that planned the Monticello Chamber of Commerce Garden Walk.
“She was just a good community supporter,” said Sue Gortner, the former Monticello Chamber of Commerce executive director. “She was really just a super volunteer, a super person. It’s just heart-breaking.”
Anyone with any information is urged to call 911 or the Illinois State Police Zone 2 office at 815-632-4010.
Police believe Doddy may have a blue dome-styled camping tent. They urge anyone in campgrounds, other outdoor areas or rest stops to be cautious.