Quincy Police share more information about homicide investigation

Published: Feb. 24, 2023 at 9:00 AM CST
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QUINCY (WGEM) - Quincy Police on Friday shared more details about an ongoing homicide investigation into a death reported Thursday afternoon.

Adams County Coroner Scott Graham reported Friday the victim was Rebecca Bliefnick, who lived in the 2500 block of Kentucky Road.

QPD Deputy Chief of Operations Michael Tyler said Friday that a family member found Bliefnick’s body in her home.

When officers arrived, they found the 41-year-old woman with multiple gunshot wounds.

Police stated detectives and a crime scene technician were at the house until late Thursday processing the crime scene, collecting evidence, and interviewing witnesses.

Detectives continue to look for additional witnesses and evidence.

Tyler said as part of their investigation, they learned neighbors’ security and doorbell cameras had recorded images of people walking through yards in the neighborhood. He said neighbors shared images with each other via a neighborhood Facebook group.

“At this point, we don’t think anybody is in danger, but we don’t have a solid suspect at this point,” he said.

Tyler said no determination had been made about whether the shooting was a random act, and he said no one was in custody.

Quincy Police ask that anyone with information call them at 217-228-4470 or submit a tip through Quincy Regional Crimestoppers online portal or by calling 217-228-4474.

“We’re working hard on it,” Tyler said. “We have eight detectives and multiple agencies helping us out on this, plus we had a lot of patrol officers working on it. So we’re hoping that we can develop some leads.”

Tyler said officers are still canvassing the neighborhood and asking for video footage from those who have such systems installed.

He did encourage all city residents to light their property well and keep their doors locked.

“The more light you have around the outside of your house, the less likely people are to cut through or hide in the shadows,” he said.

Tyler said QPD was receiving assistance from Illinois State Police and the Adams County Sheriff’s Office.

He added that the department’s thoughts and prayers go out to Bliefnick’s three young children, parents and extended family.

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