The murder of a registered sex offender Thursday night in the Parkfield Terrace neighborhood led to a call for help to the Major Case Squad of Greater St. Louis.
William E. Harriel Jr., 26, of Parkfield Terrace, was found dead on the ground after the St. Clair County Sheriff's Department was called at 9:26 p.m. Thursday, Lt. George Mokriakow said. Harriel appeared to have died after being shot near 159 Amelia Drive.
Harriel was a registered sex offender convicted of felonies for failing to report a new address and for aggravated criminal sexual abuse of a 15-year-old victim when he was 20. His registered address was 179 Amelia Drive.
Parkfield Terrace is an unincorporated neighborhood between Centreville and Cahokia with a decades-long history of drug violence and other crime. The St. Clair County Sheriff's Department has primary responsibility for investigations and patrols of the area.
Anyone with information about the murder should call the Major Case Squad at 618-825-5200 or 618-825-5201.
Contact reporter Carolyn P. Smith at 618-239-2503.