UPDATE: Bond set for man accused of killing missing Peorian

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UPDATE (Jan. 28, 2021, 5:25 p.m.) — Bond has been set for a man accused of killing a Peoria man last week.

Michael S. Dyer, 58, has been charged with two counts of first degree murder, according to court records.

Bond has been set at $1.5 million. Dyer’s arraignment is set for 9:30 a.m. in room 221 on Feb. 25.


UPDATE (Jan. 27, 2021, 12:15 p.m.) — The Peoria Police Department has arrested a man in connection with a homicide that took place in the city Friday, Jan. 22.

Michael S. Dyer, 58, has been arrested in connection to the death of Jeffrey Blevins, who was reported missing last Wednesday and whose remains were found last Friday.

On Friday, Jan. 22, detectives located Dyer in the Macon County Jail where he was being held for unrelated offenses. Dyer was then interviewed by the Peoria Police Detectives as a person of interest.

Over the nest several days, information gathered lead to Dyer’s arrest for first degree murder. Tuesday, Jan. 26, Dyer was transported to the Peoria County Jail.


UPDATE (Jan. 23, 2021, 2:40 p.m.) — The remains of a man found Friday morning have been identified by the Peoria County Coroner.

Jeffrey Blevins, 49, was originally filed as a missing person on Wednesday. Friday morning, the Peoria Police Department discovered human remains in the 8300 block of North Knoxville.

The Peoria County Coroner has confirmed the remains belonged to Blevins.

The autopsy revealed Blevins suffered a single gunshot wound to his upper body, and died instantly of significant internal bleeding.

The investigation is ongoing.


UPDATE (Jan. 23, 2021, 1:50 p.m.) — The Peoria Police Department is requesting the public’s help in regard to a missing persons case turned homicide.

During the investigation into Jeffrey Blevin’s death, the Peoria Police Department learned Blevins is the owner/operator of a tree trimming service: Blevins Tree Service.

The police are requesting assistance from anyone in the tri-county area or elsewhere who has
had contact with or conducted business with Blevins Tree Service.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Scott Hulse at 309-494-8391.


PEORIA, Ill. (WMBD) — Peoria Police have located human remains in a recreational vehicle around 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 22.

Police found the vehicle containing the human remains located near Knoxville Ave and Detweiller Drive.

At this time, the identity of the remains is currently unknown, but Peoria police suspect they belong to 49-year-old Jeffery Blevins, a man reported missing on Wednesday.

Peoria Police said Blevin’s missing person case is now being treated as a homicide.

Officially, the Peoria County Coroner has not yet determined the cause of death or the identity of the remains.

This incident remains under investigation. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Peoria Police at (309)-673-4521.

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