Published On: Mon, Jun 2nd, 2014

Missing woman, Terri Anderson, identified as dead woman found in Illinois ditch

The body found Saturday afternoon in a drainage ditch off Illinois Route 29 has been identified as Terri Anderson, a woman who was reported missing two weeks ago.

Autopsy results were consistent with her cause of death being strangling, according to Peoria County Coroner Johnna Ingersoll.

The body was severely decomposed, and identification was made using dental records.

Anderson, 56, was reported missing after last being seen the night of May 18. Her phone was found the following day near the intersection of Illinois Route 8 and Koerner Road, an area that became the subject of a widespread search.

The body was discovered about 3 p.m. Saturday in a drainage ditch off of North Galena Road. Anderson’s ex-husband, Daniel Wilson, told police he had dropped her off at her home about 9 p.m. May 18.

He had her white van in his possession when police took him into custody for questioning.

Police later sought the public’s help to determine where the van had been Sunday night and Monday morning.
 Wilson has a history of a few arrests and was briefly held and released, not charged with her death or disappearance.

Anderson had twice sought orders of protection against Wilson as they divorced last year. The marriage settlement was final in February.

Terri Anderson

Terri Anderson

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