07-21-2014, 10:34 PM #1
IL - Mildred 'Dodie' Darrington, 85, stabbed to death, East Dundee, 18 July 2014
This is very close to my house and so scary. Apparently, she was just the sweetest lady and a very kind neighbor. Everyone in our little community is freaking out and there seems to be very little information about the case. So very sad.
EAST DUNDEE, Ill. (AP) — Authorities say an 85-year-old woman was found stabbed to death Friday in her home in the northern Illinois village of East Dundee.
The Kane County Major Crimes Task Force and the East Dundee Police Department are investigating the death of Mildred "Dodie" Darrington as a homicide. An autopsy found Darrington died from blood loss from a stab wound.
Authorities say they believe there's no immediate threat to the neighborhood, but they've released no further details about the investigation.
An obituary in Sunday's (Arlington Heights) Daily Herald says Darrington is survived by a daughter, two grandchildren and five great-grandchildren."Everything I post without a supporting link is always JMO.
07-21-2014, 10:40 PM #2
This article states what many are talking about in the community, which is that after 3 days, LE is stating they have no idea who did this, but that they are sure the neighborhood is safe. I do not know how they can possibly know this. I know a woman who is her neighbor who was just interviewed today and they were out passing around information. Don't they typically canvas the neighborhood right away to try to capture as much eyewitness information as possible. Such as did you see any suspicious vehicles or people? Did you hear anything? I would imagine you would want to cover that as soon as possible while people still remember details, and could provide some information on a fleeing suspect??
http://www.dailyherald.com/article/2...ews/140729724/Everything I post without a supporting link is always JMO.
08-25-2014, 10:25 PM #3
"EAST DUNDEE — The grandson of Mildred “Dodie” Darrington has been arrested outside his home in Frisco, Texas, and charged with her July 18 murder here in East Dundee.
Charges against Richard Schmelzer, 41, were authorized by the Kane County State’s Attorney’s office on Friday, said spokesman Chris Nelson. Schmelzer has been charged with two counts of first degree murder in the death. According to officials, Darrington was his grandmother and he grew up in northern Kane County.
The charges allege that sometime after midnight on July 18, Schmelzer stabbed Darrington, 85, in her East Dundee home, killing her."
This is really sad. I had a feeling that this was an inside job from the get-go due to LE's statement that there was no danger to the general public. I applaud them in taking their time to complete a thorough investigation and will hopefully find justice for Dodie.Everything I post without a supporting link is always JMO.
09-14-2014, 07:09 PM #4
I know I'm the only posting in this forum, but feel like I want to continue to document this in case it hits the news. What a sad situation.
"EAST DUNDEE — The man accused of murdering his 85-year-old grandmother is in financial trouble, was being accused by the grandmother of making thousands of dollars in unauthorized charges on her credit card, and stood to inherit at least $500,000 if she died, according to an affidavit filed with the Kane County Circuit Court."Everything I post without a supporting link is always JMO.
09-21-2014, 03:45 PM #5
According to court records, despite his financial troubles, Schmelzer — who is married with children — had sent more than $50,000 to a Las Vegas escort he had met online in December 2013... Financial records indicate that Schmelzer had also wired money to several other women, as recently as July 2014...
Investigators said that on July 18, hours after Darrington’s body was found, Schmelzer was seen on surveillance video at a Texas restaurant having dinner with a friend. When that friend was located and interviewed, police said he was “evasive” in his answers about his or Schmelzer’s whereabouts at the time of the murder.
Investigators learned that the man had rented a vehicle in Texas on July 17 and that the car was returned on July 19. During that time, 1,920 miles were put on the vehicle, and it was spotted on I-355 near Boughton Road in Illinois around 2:33 a.m. July 18 after receiving a toll violation. Multiple phone calls were made between the two men during this time.
10-16-2014, 06:51 PM #6
A 41-year-old Texas man pleaded not guilty in Kane County court Thursday to charges he killed his grandmother in July at her East Dundee home.
Richard Schmelzer, of Frisco, a Dallas suburb, is being held at the Kane County jail on $5 million bail and faces up to 60 years in prison if convicted of murdering Mildred "Dodie" Darrington, 85, who was found stabbed to death in her home on the 100 block of Aldis Lane.
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