“The suspect was no stranger, the suspect knew the victim,” Callum told reporters. “We do not believe there is a threat to the community at this time.”
The chief did not name the suspect or how the accused and Lily knew each other. The youth is in custody, he said. Claim did not say whether criminal charges were filed.
The arrest comes a day after Lily’s body was found in the woods, prompting police to launch an investigation into the murder.
Lily’s father called police Sunday night when she did not return home from her aunt’s home, the Chippewa Falls Police Department said in a news release Monday. Later that night, officers found a bicycle on a sidewalk in a wooded area near his aunt’s home and near Lennon Keogel’s brewery parking lot, police said.
His body was found in a forest near a footpath around 9 a.m. Monday, police said. The Chippewa County Coroner’s Office confirmed that the remains belonged to Lily.
The news release states that officers believe Lily was last seen by her family on the night of her disappearance. Police said she had to go home from her aunt’s house when she went missing.
Overnight, authorities searched Lily’s home, using K9 teams. He used a drone to search the forested area where his motorcycle was found.
At a news conference Monday, Callum did not elaborate on how the girl was killed or what evidence was found at the scene. Authorities received more than 200 suggestions Tuesday, Kaleem said.
“These suggestions are important for resolving the issue,” he said.
The search warrant was executed at a home where evidence was gathered and additional interviews were conducted, Kaleem said Tuesday.
“There is still a lot of work to be done,” he said. “Our thoughts stay with the family during this terrible time.”
Leinenkugel’s spokesman Marty Maloney told CNN in a statement that Lily’s death “An indescribable, heartbreaking tragedy, and we would like to express our deepest condolences to the family and friends of the deceased. We are working with the authorities, and providing the help and assistance we can. “
In a message to parents Monday afternoon, the Chippewa Falls Area Unified School District said its buildings were on “high alert,” but law enforcement did not indicate the need for a lockdown.
The district recommends that school-going students be picked up and dropped off “until further notice” by trusted family members or friends, and parents are asked to “be more vigilant and vigilant during this time.” ۔
In a message sent to school staff, the organizers said teachers should “respect the family by not spreading rumors.” Teachers are encouraged to make sure that older students are sensitive to younger students who may not know what has happened.
Michael Hole, a senior pastor at Valley Vineyard Church in Chippewa Falls, where Lily’s relatives are members, has opened the church’s doors to the community as a safe haven for grief, he told CNN.
“Our mission is to reach out to our community in a positive way and to be a light in Chippewa Falls at this difficult time,” he said. “We live in a very generous city. Our community is coming together to meet the needs of families, community members, schools and first responders. This is just the beginning and will continue in the coming weeks.”
CNN’s Alisha Ibrahim G and Rebecca Race contributed to this report.