Police believe bodies of missing couple found

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) _ Authorities in central Illinois say they believe the bodies of a missing Bradley University professor and her husband have been found.

Peoria County Sheriff Brian Asbell says a tarp and a tent believed to contain the bodies of Susan Brill de Ramirez and Antonio Ramirez Barron were discovered Tuesday near the Spoon River Bridge. The couple’s son, 21-year-old Jose Ramirez, has been charged with first-degree murder.

Authorities say Ramirez indicated he dumped his parents’ bodies from a bridge above a body of water after killing them Friday. Asbell says there are multiple creeks and waterways in that area, and Ramirez told police he could not pinpoint the site.

Peoria County Assistant State’s Attorney Dave Kenny alleged Tuesday during a bond hearing that Ramirez told friends he was “sick of his parents.” A judge set bond for Ramirez at $3 million and a preliminary hearing date of Nov. 29.

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4:30 p.m.

Prosecutors say a central Illinois man waited until his parents were asleep to use pepper spray on them and then stab them to death.

Jose G. Ramirez is charged with two counts of first-degree murder in connection with the deaths of his parents, Bradley University professor Susan Brill de Ramirez and her husband, Antonio Ramirez Barron.

Peoria County Assistant State’s Attorney Dave Kenny alleged Tuesday during a bond hearing that the 21-year-old Jose Ramirez told friends he was “sick of his parents” and killed them Friday. He then wrapped the bodies in a tarp and a tent, put them in his father’s SUV and dumped them in a waterway. The bodies have not yet been recovered.

A judge set bond for Ramirez at $3 million and a preliminary hearing date of Nov. 29.

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12:40 p.m.

A central Illinois sheriff says officers are searching waterways for the bodies of a college professor and her husband a day after charging their 21-year-old son with murder in their deaths.

Peoria County Sheriff Brian Asbell said Tuesday that crews are focused on streams in rural Henry County, where Jose Ramirez told investigators he dumped the bodies from a bridge.

Asbell says the search is broad because Ramirez is unfamiliar with the area about 40 miles (65 kilometers) from his parents’ home near Peoria.

The sheriff says weekend rains could have swept the bodies far downstream.

Susan Brill de Ramirez and Antonio Ramirez Barron last reported to work Thursday at Bradley University in Peoria. Brill de Ramirez was an English professor and Ramirez Barron worked in the school’s information technology department.

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6:40 a.m.

Authorities say a 21-year-old Illinois man has confessed to killing his parents who have been missing since the weekend.

Peoria County Sheriff Brian Asbell said Monday that Jose Ramirez is charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of Susan Brill de Ramirez and Antonio Ramirez Barron.

Asbell says a relative called authorities late Sunday to the couple’s Princeville home, where deputies found blood. He believes the 63-year-olds were killed Friday.

Twenty-one-year-old Matthew Roberts is charged with obstruction and concealment of a homicidal death in the killings.

Asbell says Ramirez confessed, and that the victims’ bodies are somewhere in rural Henry County.

The couple last repoted to work Thursday at Bradley University in Peoria. Brill de Ramirez is an English professor and Ramirez Barron works in the school’s information technology department.