View Full Version : IL - Antinette Keller, 18, DeKalb, NIU Student, Timeline and Media links

Joe Friday
11-03-2010, 09:14 AM
Oct. 14 (Thurs)
• Noon – NIU student Antinette “Toni” Keller, an 18-year-old freshman from Plainfield studying art, tells friends she is going for a walk in the wooded area known as Prairie Park. It is believed she had her camera and some art supplies with her.

Oct. 15 (Fri)
• 6:09 p.m. – A friend reports Keller missing to NIU Police. Authorities begin interviewing her family and friends and searching on campus. A nationwide all-points bulletin is issued.
• 9 p.m. – NIU Police are out in Prairie Park looking for Keller.

Oct. 16 (Sat)
• 6 a.m. – Police resume their search for Keller.
• 1 p.m. – Police bring in canines to help search for Keller.
• 2:48 p.m. – NIU posts an alert to its website about Keller.

Oct. 17 (Sun)
• Police continue to search for Keller on foot and using canines.

Oct 18 (Mon)
• Police continue to search for Keller on foot and using canines.

Oct. 19 (Tue)
• NIU Police say they have suspended ground search operations, saying the area had been thoroughly covered. They also told members of the community to not conduct their own searches.
• Media begin reporting that a dorm key belonging to Keller is found in the Prairie Park area. NIU Police say they did not release that detail. Roger Keller later tells the media that his daughter lost a dorm key in the woods a few weeks ago and police aren’t sure which key was found.
• 2 p.m. – NIU holds a meeting with students to let them know how they can help with the search for Keller. Times are set up for students to distribute missing person fliers and make buttons and ribbons to raise awareness.

Oct. 20 (Wed)
• The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children issues an alert for Keller.
• 5 p.m. – The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office receives a call from a motorist who said he may have seen a dazed woman matching Keller’s description wandering the area of Nelson Road and Route 38. Police spend four hours looking by foot, air and with canines, but don’t find anything.

Oct. 21 (Thurs)
• 2 p.m. – A dive and rescue team from the St. Charles Fire Department arrives in DeKalb to search the Kishwaukee River in Prairie Park.
• 6:30 p.m. – It is announced the DeKalb County Major Case Squad will be taking over as lead investigators into the search for Keller.

Oct. 22 (Fri)
• 1 p.m. – The DeKalb County Major Case Squad holds a news conference at the Farm Bureau and say they are not ruling anything out as to what may what happened to Keller. Police said authorities have ruled out that she may have gone to California.
• Police block off a portion of Prairie Park with yellow caution tape and set up a mobile command center near the pedestrian bridge near the Clifford Drive entrance.

Oct. 23 (Sat)
• Billy Curl is thought to have been questioned for the first time by LE and also fled DeKalb on this day.
• 6:45 p.m. – A call is heard on a police scanner that authorities are asking for a light tower to be brought to the Prairie Park area. It is set up near the mobile command center.
• 7 p.m. – Police notify the media that a news briefing will be held at 9 p.m. regarding a “significant development” regarding the Keller investigation.
• 9:15 p.m. – DeKalb Police Chief Bill Feithen says unidentified human remains have been found in Prairie Park and the search for Keller has been reclassified as a death investigation.
• 9:30 p.m. – NIU sends out alerts to the campus community asking students to be careful about their safety and to walk in groups of at least three. They also announce counseling services for students and an innormation hot line.

Oct. 24 (Sun)
• DeKalb Police Chief Bill Feithen says he hopes to release additional information about the investigation soon and asks residents to be patient while investigators do their job.

Oct. 25 (Mon)
• Federal Bureau of Investigation was consulted
• Police became interested in William Curl, a longtime DeKalb resident, after he failed to appear Oct. 25 for a second scheduled interview with police. Feithen said Curl had been interviewed prior to that, but he was not sure of the date.

Oct. 26 (Tues)
• 11:08AM Press conference announce remains are burned therefore not a viable autopsy. Police have announced the death of Northern Illinois University freshman Antinette Keller is now being investigated as a homicide.
• Billy Curl is arrested in Covington-area motel. http://m.thesttammanynews.com/articles/2010/11/03/news/doc4cd0dcf3d8b23900663004.txt

Oct. 28 (Thur)
• 6:24PM "Person of Interest" in Custody in Case of Missing NIU Student
• 10:08PM Chicago Tribune reports law enforcement sources told the Tribune that the man came to the attention of DeKalb police when he told them of a fire in the woods at Prairie Park http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/c...,7541216.story

Oct. 29 (Fri)
• Billy Curl arrives back in DeKalb from Louisiana.
• 8:04PM Press conference announcing Murder charges have been filed against William P Curl.
• 8:11PM Announcement that search warrant had been executed on Curl's Dekalb residence.

Oct. 30 (Sat)
• Initial court appearance

Oct. 31 (Sun)
• Meets with public defender via telephone.

Nov. 1 (Mon)
• Court appearance pleads not guilty and requests physiological evaluation. Next scheduled court appearance set for November 30th.

11-04-2010, 10:53 AM
NIU student missing since Oct. 14
Sunday, October 17, 2010 7:32 pm

NIU Police finished with area search for missing student
Monday, October 18, 2010 6:57 pm

Students plan search party for Keller
Monday, October 18, 2010 10:10 pm

NIU officials meet with public about missing student
Tuesday, October 19, 2010 10:41 pm

Timeline of NIU Police Activity
Oct. 15 - NIU Police are informed that Keller is missing (6:09 p.m.)
Oct. 15 - NIU Police search Neptune North residence hall and conduct interviews (6-9 p.m.)
Oct. 15 - NIU Police search wooded area north of Lincoln Highway (9 p.m.)
Oct. 16 - Search of wooded area resumes (6 a.m.)
Oct. 16 - K9 unit begins search that ends near I-88 (1 p.m.)
Oct. 17 - Another K9 search begins
Oct. 17 - NIU Police do a grid-by-grid search of the campus
Oct. 18 - NIU Police continue search of wooded area
Oct. 19 - Physical search ended


DeKalb Police now actively involved with missing student case
Wednesday, October 20, 2010 4:16 pm

A dive team to help with search for missing student
Wednesday, October 20, 2010 7:08 pm

Keller's Dorm Key Found in Park Near Kishwaukee River, Police Say (October 21, 2010)


DeKalb County Major Case Squad takes lead on missing student case
Thursday, October 21, 2010 6:33 pm


Feithen takes charge of Keller investigation
Friday, October 22, 2010 4:33 pm

video of 10/22 news conference


Missing student case reclassified as death investigation
Saturday, October 23, 2010 9:49 pm

video of 10/23 news conference


Police: No ID yet on remains found near NIU
Sunday, October 24, 2010 3:40 pm

No new updates in Keller investigation
Sunday, October 24, 2010 6:24 pm


Police say remains too "badly burned" to determine identity
Tuesday, October 26, 2010 10:54 am

Video of 10/26 news conference


Person of interest in Keller case arrested in Louisiana
Thursday, October 28, 2010 6:52 pm


Friday, October 29, 2010 7:56 pm

Video of 10/29 news conference


Curl makes first court appearance in Keller case
Saturday, October 30, 2010 10:45 am


Psychological evaluation for suspect charged with Keller’s murder
Monday, November 1, 2010 12:19 pm

timeline of events from Daily Chronicle: http://www.daily-chronicle.com/mobile/article.xml/articles/2010/10/26/75786289/index.xml

02-04-2014, 09:49 PM

Hope this the right place to post this information.

April 3, 2013 ~ Article recaps bits about the case and explains the sentencing.

The plea deal came two and a half years after the charred remains of Antinette Keller were found in a park nearby NIU University. She was 18 years old.

William Curl pleads guilty . An Alford plea means essentially that he doesn't have to admit guilt but Curl will serve all 37 years of his sentence under the plea agreement.

His sister yelled from the back of the courtroom, "Don't take it, Billy! They're railroading you," referring to the plea deal.

Curl will be 71 years old when his sentence is complete.

02-04-2014, 09:58 PM

Here's what the Chicago Tribune reported.

Diane Keller (mom) posted this message,
"My family is so tired of suffering. My baby girl is gone."

To those who love Toni, I'm so very sorry for your loss and suffering.