Missing girl, 16, found dead alongside downstate highway

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Police are conducting a homicide investigation after a missing 16-year-old girl was found dead Saturday afternoon in downstate Putnam County.

Officers responded at 12:57 p.m. when someone found a body in a ditch alongside Country Highway 850 North in Granville Township, according to the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office. The body was later identified as Diamond Bradley, who had previously been reported missing from her hometown of Spring Valley.

An autopsy was conducted on Sunday, the sheriff’s office. Bradley’s death is being investigated as a homicide.

No further information was immediately made available.

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Days earlier, a shootout between two people left a woman dead and two others wounded, including one of the alleged gunmen, according to police.
About 3 a.m., the man, 35, was in the passenger seat as a female driver was traveling in the 3800 block of South Kedzie Avenue when he was struck in the neck by gunfire.
The officer was treated and released for minor injuries at an area hospital.
Several people were treated and released by paramedics at the scene.
The teen and a woman were standing outside in the 3700 block of South Langley Avenue about 12:45 a.m. when someone opened fire, striking them both.