Three years ago, Norman England was found dead in a rural Flat Rock home. And law enforcement is still looking for that piece of evidence that will lead to the arrest and conviction of the person who killed him.
Crawford County State's Attorney Matt Hartrich continues to work with investigators on the three year-old homicide.
"I have given them suggestions on other avenues to pursue for evidence," said Hartrich.
During the course of the investigation an "abundance of evidence" was collected, but no individual was identified as a suspect or person of interest. One person was arrested and sent to prison for the burglary, but was never named as a suspect in the homicide.
Hartrich said he has reviewed and evaluated all of the evidence and reports from the case, and does not believe he has enough evidence to name a suspect and secure a conviction in a court of law.
As the case is still being investigated, Hartich said he is reluctant to name a person of interest or a suspect.
On Aug. 21, 2014, Crawford County Sheriff's deputies were following up on a break-in burglary case at 3903 N. State Highway 1, Flat Rock, the residence of Aaron C. and Sheena England, when they discovered the body of Norman England, 74, Freelandville, Ind.
According to information at the time, Aaron C. and Sheena England were in the process of moving to Florida. Norman England, Aaron's father, was checking on the property on Aug. 20, when he discovered evidence of a break-in. He reported it to the Crawford County Sheriff's Office, and when investigators from the sheriff's office arrived around 8 a.m. Aug. 21, they discovered Norman England's body.
An autopsy would later confirm that England had died of a gunshot wound.
Soon after the discovery of the body the investigation was turned over to the Illinois State Police. Investigators and Crime Scene Investigation technicians spent two days gathering evidence. Crawford County Rescue Squad divers were called to search a nearby pond and other emergency services personnel were asked to do a walking grid search of the area for other possible pieces of evidence.
On Aug. 22, police arrested Matthew V. Miller, 34 (at the time), Flat Rock, on burglary charges involving the England property. Miller was living next door to the England's at the time of the burglary. Miller later pleaded guilty to burglary, and entered the Illinois Department of Corrections on March 3, 2015, on a seven-year sentence.
According to IDOC inmates status, Miller has a parole date of Dec. 11, 2017, and discharge date of Dec. 2019.
Hartrich would not comment on Miller's status as he is now under IDOC control, nor his possible involvement in the homicide.
The other unsolved homicide still under investigation occurred on Feb. 15, 2015 in Bennett's Trail Park, Robinson.
The body of Louis S. "Steve" Reifsteck, 58, was found in a mobile home at lot 36, 1406 S. Cross, Robinson, by police doing a well-being check. An autopsy and evidence at the scene lead police to believe Reifsteck's death was a homicide and have been investigating ever since.
Hartrich does not believe the homicides are connected.
Anyone with information about the England case should contact Investigations at the Illinois State Police District 12 office in Effingham. Anyone with information about the Reifsteck case should contact the Robinson Police Department.
Posted: Friday, August 25, 2017
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It's funny how the state police have a lot of evidence and have talked to the family numerous times but the States Attorney never has any time to give to our family. There is no excuse to not have an arrest for my dad's murder. I believe the States Attorney has plenty of evidence to go ahead with an arrest on this.