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No suspect apprehended yet in Dwight shooting case

DWIGHT – A pink rose, a white rose and two votive candles lay at the base of the tree holding the crime scene tape Monday outside the Denker home in Dwight.

At 4:38 a.m. Saturday a 911 call brought police to the residence at 200 W. North St. in Dwight where a man said he'd been shot.

The bodies of Donna J. Denker, 60, and Kelli L. Denker, 30, were found lying on the floor along with the injured man, authorities said. Dwight police sent a news release late Monday afternoon stating that autopsy results show the women died from gunshot wounds.

The man was taken to Morris Hospital and later airlifted to a trauma center. He is recovering from his wounds, according to the news release.

"Surrounding law enforcement agencies consisting of over 40 men and women are working tirelessly to apprehend the subject or subjects who are responsible for this terrible tragedy," authorities said in the news release. "Officers continue to follow up on leads and have interviewed several people in this case."

Monday it did not appear anyone was inside the yellow single-story home, which occupies a corner lot in the middle of an older residential neighborhood.

A hallway light could be seen from the front window and an electronic alarm clock buzzed incessantly from an open window on the side of the house.

Neighbors who were home for the afternoon declined to be interviewed about what happened, but one man called the family "good neighbors."

A few blocks away at JT's Saloon, the homicides were discussed among a few people sitting at the bar with mostly conjecture and speculation.

"There's a dozen stories out but nobody actually knows anything. We'd like to know what's going on but they're being very tight-lipped," said an employee who declined to give her name.

Village President Jared Anderson did not immediately return messages left Monday afternoon.

Dwight Chief Tim Henson said in the news release that Dwight police are being assisted by Pontiac police, Livingston County Coroner's Office, Livingston County State's Attorney's Office, Livingston County Sheriff's Department, Illinois State Police Zone 5 Investigations, Illinois State Police Crime Scene Tech Services, Grundy County Sheriff's Department, Morris police, Streator police, Wilmington police, Seneca police, Channahon police, Illinois State Police Crime Lab and the Illinois Law Enforcement Alarm System.

"Please be assured that all of the departments are dedicating all available resources to this case," according to the Dwight police release.


Anyone with information on this case is asked to contact Dwight police at 815-584-3132. After 5 p.m. call the LivCom line at 815-844-0911.

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