Person of interest in East St. Louis murder surrenders to police

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(KTVI) -Illinois State Police say the person on interest in a murder case called and surrendered.

St. Clair County State’s Attorney says that a bench warrant has been issued for Montrell Cooper. He is wanted in two older cases. He failed to appear at a court appearance on Tuesday.

Notably, no warrants have been issued regarding murder. Police are looking for Montrell Cooper, 25, in connection to the stabbing death of a young East St. Louis mother. Investigators say Cooper was in a relationship with Michelle Rowling. Her body was found Saturday night inside her apartment at the Gomper’s Housing Units.

Cooper’s past two run-ins with the law involved violence against Rowling. In one case he was charged with knowingly committing bodily harm by cutting her onneck. In another case he is charged with domestic battery, for pushing Rowling.

Friends of Rowling said she feared for her safety. They showed us a Facebook post made just days before she was stabbed to death. The post indicated she wanted friends to tell her children she loved them dearly if anything should happen to her. She also said to tell her mamma she loves her.

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Anyone with information is asked to contact the East St. Louis Police Department or Crimestoppers at 1-866-371-TIPS

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