Missing girl Iliana Peters, 10, found dead in Chippewa Falls woods after bike discovered as cops launch homicide probe

A MISSING girl has been found dead after her bike was discovered overnight in a wooded area as police launch a homicide probe.

Officials located the body of missing child Iliana "Lily" Peters, 10, in a wooded area near the Duncan Creek Trail in Wisconsin at about 9.15am Monday.

Lily's father reported his daughter missing on Sunday evening after she failed to return home from visiting her aunt nearby.

Police said the girl lived about four blocks from the family member's home.

Overnight, officials located a bike they believe belonged to the 10-year-old in the woods near her aunt's home.

“We would like to extend our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Lily Peters during this tragic time,” Chippewa Falls Police Chief Matthew Kelm said.

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Police K9s and drones searched the wooded area, as additional law enforcement members were on foot along the Duncan Creek Trail, where the bike was found.

Lily was a fourth-grader at Parkview Elementary School.

Chief Kelm is considering the child's death a homicide and has launched an investigation.

No arrests have been made so far. Police are encouraging anyone with information to contact CFPD.

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