Illinois State Police arrested a 53-year-old Olney man early Sunday in connection with the death of 8-year-old Sabrina Stauffenberg.
Sabrina was found dead Wednesday on the south side of Olney.
Glenn R. Ramey was taken into custody about 2:30 a.m. Sunday on charges of first-degree murder and predatory sexual assault. He was being held at the Richland County Jail pending formal arraignment.
Denise Haley, who is a friend of Sabrina’s family and resides a few houses away, said Ramey had been dating a relative of Sabrina’s. Haley said Ramey is known to have had mental health problems.
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“We’re just glad they caught the real killer, and now this family can mourn the loss of this beautiful child,” Haley said. “We also want to thank all law enforcement involved.”
Sabrina disappeared Wednesday evening. She had been waiting on the porch of her home for a church bus. Her body was found near a vinegar plant in Olney.
No additional information about Ramey, his arrest or the circumstances surrounding Sabrina’s death were released by State Police on Sunday.
According to court records in Richland County, Ramey was charged with battery stemming from an incident in August. He also is named as a defendant in several orders of protection filed by women in 2014 and this year. He’s named as a plaintiff in three orders of protection that were filed in 2014.
Ramey is not currently listed on Illinois’ sex offender registry.
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