Illinois Teen’s Disappearance, Witchcraft Rumors Still Haunt Will County 50 Years Later


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HOMER TOWNSHIP, IL — On this day fifty years ago, Christine Meadors, a 15-year-old from Homer Township, became the center of an enduring mystery when she disappeared from her bedroom, leaving a trail of baffling clues and sinister rumors that challenge Will County detectives to this day. The cold case, marked by a cut phone line and an open bedroom window, has resisted a half-century’s worth of investigations.

The quiet of the Meadors home was shattered on November 5, 1973, when Christine’s father returned from work to find the front door unlocked, a window removed, and his daughter’s room empty. Despite the untouched appearance of the home and the lack of evidence of a struggle, the eerie detail of Christine’s cut private phone line suggested a premeditated act, chilling the spine of the community.

The case took an even darker turn when, months after her disappearance, Christine’s body was found clothed in the same outfit she wore the night she vanished, in an outhouse in Messenger Woods. No trauma was found, and no clear cause of death determined. 

Complicating the investigation were rampant rumors of witchcraft and satanic cults, which clouded the truth and misdirected early efforts to solve the case. Now, Detectives R.J. Austin and Mike Earnest are reopening the investigation with renewed vigor. They have conducted close to fifty new interviews, some with individuals previously unreached by law enforcement. The Sheriff’s Office highlights the case on its 50th anniversary, seeking leads from a generation perhaps more willing to reveal long-held secrets.

Anyone with information is urged to contact the Sheriff’s Office. 

Tips can be shared via phone, email, or anonymously through the Sheriff’s website or the Will County Crime Stoppers, as officials make a heartfelt plea for closure in a case that has long haunted the community.


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