“The suspect was not a stranger, the suspect was known to the victim,” Chippewa Falls Police Chief Matt Kelm said in a press conference. “We do not believe there is any danger to the community at this time.”
No details, such as how the two knew each other or the name of the suspect, were revealed. The police did not know if charges had been filed yet.
The news came after police found Peters’ body Monday morning. The child’s father called police when she didn’t return from a visit to her aunt’s house Sunday. Officers found Peters’ bicycle in the woods Sunday night.
Police say they are continuing to investigate the incident as a homicide, but they have not announced a cause of death or any evidence found at the scene.
Tuesday, Chippewa Falls police announced they were increasing patrols around area schools during drop-off and pick-up times.
A tip line was established for more information on Lily Peter’s disappearance. Anyone with information is asked to call 1-800-263-5906.
Chippewa Falls has a population of about 13,000, according to the 2010 U.S. Census.